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Polyhymnia, Berlin Museum

Polyhymnia (Πολυμνία ) ("many songs"), in Greek mythology, was the Muse of sacred hymn and eloquence.

She is a very serious woman, pensive and meditative. She is often depicted holding a finger to her mouth, dressed in a long cloak and veil and resting her elbow on a pillar. She brings fame to writers whose works have won them immortal fame. Polyhymnia is also sometimes known as the muse of geometry, mime, meditation, and agriculture.

She presided over lyric poetry, and was believed to have invented the lyre. (Hes. Theog. 78; Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. iii. 1.) By Oeagrus she became the mother of Orpheus. (Schol. l. c. i. 23.)


The Nine Muses

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Erato

Polyhymnia

Urania

Polyhymnia, section of Roman mosaic, 240 A.D

Polyhymnia by Francesco del Cossa, 1455-1460.

Polyhymnia Muse of eloquence, Simon Vouet (1590-1649), Louvre, Paris

Polyhymnia, Muse of Eloquence, Charles Meynier

Archelaos: The Muses and the Apotheosis of Homer

Muses on Stamps

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33 Polyhymna Main belt asteroid

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