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Melpomene ( Μελπομένη ) ("to sing") was a Muse in Greek mythology. She was the muse of tragedy, despite her joyous singing. She is often represented with a tragic mask and wearing the cothurnus, boots traditionally worn by tragic actors. Often, she also holds a knife or club in one hand and the tragic mask in the other. On her head she is shown wearing a crown of cypress.

Torun, Poland, Statue of the Muse Melpomene at the Theatre Horzycy

Melpomene Vatican

Stamati Revithi, a Greek women in 1896 who completed the Marathon run but was not allowed to enter into the stadium as no women were allowed to participate in the first modern Olympic Games. Not knowing her name she was called dur to the tragic story Melpomene.

There is also a main belt asteroid 18 Melpomene

Melpomene, Pio Clementino Inv 299

Melpomene, Sarcophagus, Louvre Ma475

Melpomene A378

Rachel Felix as Melpomene

Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, Louis-Michel van Loo

Melpomene, Edward Simmons

Melpomene, Study for " Parnassus ", Raphael

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