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Apollo stands holding His kithara - stringed harplike instrument, terracotta statue, found South Italy, circa 300 B.C. at the Getty Museum

Apollo stands holding His kithara - stringed harplike instrument, terracotta statue, found South Italy, circa 300 B. at the Getty Museum

Marble statue of Erato from Monte Calvo in Italy. 2nd century AD. From the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Item number IN 1566.

Erato is the Muse of lyric poetry, especially love and erotic poetry. In the Orphic hymn to the Muses, it is Erato who charms the sight. Since the Renaissance she is often shown with a wreath of myrtle and roses, holding a lyre, or a small kithara.

Statues of Apollo and his muses from the Baths of Faustina at Miletos (mid 2nd century CE.)

Apollo and Muse Melpomene on the left and Muse Euterpe on the right - from Miletos in Anatolia, century AD - at the Archaeological Museum of Byzantion

Museum Collection: State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia Catalogue Number: TBA Title: "Muse Terpsichore"  Class: Free-standing statue  Material: Marble Height: 1.28 metres  Context: -- Original / Copy: Roman copy of Greek statue Style: -- Date: C2nd AD  Period: Imperial Roman  SUMMARY  Terpsikhore, the Muse of lyric poetry and song, seated with a lyre.

Greek mythology, Terpsichore (Τερψιχόρη) "delight in dancing" is 1 of 9 Muses and Goddess of dance and chorus. Depicted sitting down, holding a lyre, accompanying ballerinas' choirs with her music.

Terpsichore. Marble. Roman, after a Greek model from the Praxiteles school. Inv. No. A 379. Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Roman, after a Greek model from the Praxiteles school. No. A Saint-Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum.

Terpsichore holding a lyre, muse of dancing and choral song, unearthed at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli

Statue of Terpsichore, Muse of dancing and choral song, unearthed in about 1500 in Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli © Carole Raddato

Euterpe, muse of lyric poetry, she is holding a aulos (double-flute) and has a small Eros at her feet, unearthed at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli

The Muse Euterpe, muse of lyric poetry, she is holding a aulos (double-flute) and has a small Eros at her feet, unearthed at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli © Carole Raddato

Empress with unrelated ancient head, restored as a Muse - Late 4th century AD - Naples Archaeological Museum   #TuscanyAgriturismoGiratola

Empress with unrelated ancient head, restored as a Muse - Late century AD - Naples Archaeological Museum

Statue of Pan, Archaeological Museum of Delos / by Chris via Flickr

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