Calliope (beautiful voice, fair face) In Greek mythology, one of the nine Muses, the Muse of epic or heroic poetry; daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne; mother of Orpheus and Linus by the Thracian king Oeagrus (or by Apollo).

She is portrayed in Western art with a tablet and stylus or a trumpet. Often she holds a laurel crown. In 17th-century paintings, books such as the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid are shown as part of her attributes.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante


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