Mythology Monday: The Muse Calliope ( Καλλιόπη )
Hiya Folks! I’m your guest host Pearl the Intern and I’ll be talking about the Nine Muses!
since they can’t be trusted to talk about themselves
Calliope is the eldest of the Nine Muses and the muse of Epic Poetry—
Excuse Me? They didn’t need to know I was the oldest!
Umm.. Calliope what are you doing? I’m trying to do a serious program here…
I’m here to make sure you don’t say anything too embarrassing about me! Looks like I got here just in time!
Umm… Okay, well as I was saying, Calliope is often portrayed as carrying a writing tablet—
ω Ζευ! I’m more modern than that! Clio bought me an electronic tablet for the Winter Solstice!
Yeah well it’s not like you know how to use it yet! So can you please let me continue?
Calliope is also known for her famous sons Orpheus and Linus, both of whom obtained immortality upon their deaths. And according to some she had a brief relationship with the war god Ares…
What? Why are you looking at me?
Nothing! I just figured you’d have something to say about the rumors of you and Ares…
Why would I talk about my private life to YOU?
I don’t know, you’ve been talking to me this whole time anyways so I just figured you’d have something to say. But if you don’t then I’ll go on. In the portion of the painting above Calliope is seen holding the Odyssey, arguably one of the most well known Greek Epic Poems, that many believe she was Homer’s muse for writing both the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Of course I was his muse! Did you think Erato or Euterpe woulc get along with that guy? i’m telling you, half the time spent inspiring him went towards convincing him that these poems would become popular! He had this crazy idea that writing down these poems was a waste of time since every bard around Greece knew the stories already! Mortals! They never think into the future and how important their actions really are!
Maybe it’s because we don’t live forever! How was Homer supposed to know his poems would last for thousands of years? Also, can you put the myth of whether or not Homer was blind to rest?
You know I don’t really remember… I was quite busy back then, what with every Yannis, Demetrios,and Giorgios calling on me for inspiration! But at least back then they would call us by name! Nowadays whenever someone needs inspiration they call upon ‘a muse’ and all nine of us have to go check it out to see who can help the most! And—
ALL RIGHTY! Well I think that’s a good place to wrap up this episode! Tune in later as we learn more about Clio!
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