Mythology Mondays: The Muse Clio (Κλειώ)
Hi Viewers! Pearl here, let’s continue our look into the Nine Muses by learning about the Muse of History: Clio! Oh I’m so sorry but it looks like I’m getting a text!
~Don’t start my segment without me -Clio ~
Well, it looks like we’ll be joined by the Muse herself! But until she gets here, let’s begin. Clio’s name is derived from the Greek word κλέω (kleo) which means—
To recount or make famous. Hey Pearl, where can I put my bag?
Oh, I didn’t think you’d get here so fast! There’s some room on the table over there! But if your bag is as heavy as it was last time I’d say leave it on the floor.
Thanks… So did you get to tell them about how I inspire mortals? Because if you’re gonna spend this whole segment on history, this segment will be neverending
I was actually going to tell them about why your bag is so heavy. Clio is often represented as carrying a scroll or sets of tablets, or sometimes seated near a chest of books. Clio why is that?
It’s just easier for me to reference specific points of history when I have the accounts with me at all times. I’d rather carry them with me instead of having to leave and find the book or scroll I need.
Okay, that makes sense! Clio is also often attributed with the ability to inspire mortals to write down, investigate, and give accounts of events. Is that what you were talking about Clio?
Yes, mortals don’t seem to take notice that when I’m inspiring them to write something down, it’s for a good reason. Unless they want history to keep repeating itself… How will people learn from each other if they’re not sharing what they experience?
You know that actually makes a lot of sense. Well moving on, Clio is also a mother of a Greek hero, Hyacinth, who was tragically killed when he was out with his lover the god Apollo. The mortals have honored him with a festival called the Hyacinthia, where they celebrate his death and ‘rebirth’ as the hyacinth flower.
Hyacinth was much more than a mere lover of Apollo. Apollo was the one to change my son’s blood into the flowers that still bear his name, I know that Apollo still mourns his passing into Elysium. But as mortals say, that is history and I certainly cannot spend my time living in the past…
But aren’t you the muse of History? Shouldn’t that be what you focus on?
There is a difference between learning from the past and becoming stuck in the past.
Is there anything else you want the audience to know about you Clio?
Only that everyone should remember that history is always being made and I will always be happy to inspire others to join me in my quest to preserve history.
And I’m sure they will! All right you guys, gals, and everyone in between, next we’ll look into the world of loooooooove poetry with Erato!
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