Greek Mythology

Clio with a parchment scroll

In Greek mythology, Clio (or Kleio / Κλειώ ) was the Muse of heroic poetry and history. She had one son, Hyacinth, with the King of Macedonia, Pierus.

Some sources say she was also the mother of Hymenaios.

She is often represented with a parchment scroll or a set of tablets. She is also known as the Proclaimer.

The name is from the root κλέω/κλείω, meaning "recount" or "make famous".

Clio was one of the nine muses. She is the daughter of Zeus. She is often seen with a scroll and a chest of books. A genus of polar pteropods was named after her.

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Clio - detail from "The Allegory of Painting", Vermeer

Clio has lent her name to several entities:

  • the asteroid 84 Klio;
  • the family of sea butterflies Clioidae.
  • the ships HMS Clio (1806) and HMS Clio (1858).
  • "Cliology," an offshoot of psychohistory, described in Michael Flynn's essay, "An Introduction to Cliology."

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Clio, Pio Clementino, Inv 291

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Clio, Sarcophagus, Louvre Ma475

Clio, Muse Of History Print by Charles Meynier

Clio, Muse of History, Charles Meynier

Clio Print by Jean-Jacques Lagrenee

Clio, Jean-Jacques Lagrenee

The Nine Muses, Clio, History Print by Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder

The Nine Muses, Clio, History, Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder

Clio. Muse Of History Print by Johannes Moreelse

Clio. Muse of history, Johannes Moreelse

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Clio, Giovanni Baglione

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Clio, Francesco Furini

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The Muses Clio, Euterpe and Thalia, Eustache Le Sueur

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Clio, Edward Simmons

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Clio, Pierre Mignard

The Muse Clio Print by Charles Meynier

The Muse Clio, Charles Meynier

The Muses Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Clio, And Terpsichore Print by Andrea Appiani

The Muses Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Clio, and Terpsichore, Andrea Appiani

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