The Myth Series: the Muses

This week we will be taking a closer look at the sections of the Theogony dedicated to an elaboration of the muses themselves. This would be roughly lines 1-115, and whatever else strikes anyone else as on topic. 

Why this topic? There were lots of enthused suggestions for this week and we will get to them! A focus on the muses is an attempt to establish more groundwork for how to think about myth itself. These are, after all, the divine inspiration for any creative act, including the telling of myth and story. As such they are the authorities on not only creativity, but also what the creative act looks like and feels like. Through Hesiod's use of the muses we may also glimpse into the purpose of the creative act.

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  • Chad B.

    Gargangtua and Patagruel (source of the word "gargantuan"):­

    Gargantua gestated for 11 months (not 12 as I thought). Here is the quote:

    "By means whereof the honest widows may without danger play at the close buttock game with might and main, and as hard as they can, for the space of the first two months after the decease of their husbands. I pray you, my good lusty springal lads, if you find any of these females, that are worth the pains of untying the codpiece-point, get up, ride upon them, and bring them to me; for, if they happen within the third month to conceive, the child should be heir to the deceased, if, before he died, he had no other children, and the mother shall pass for an honest woman."

    November 10, 2013

  • Brian

    Enjoyed tonight very much. We have a special group :)

    November 9, 2013

  • Brian

    In the Phaedrus Cicadas myth, "Plato mentions by name Terpsichore being shown the lovers of dance, Erato being shown those involved in "erôtika", that is, things having to do with love, and ***Calliope and Urania, next to her, teaming together to represent the most beautiful heavenly voice, being shown those involved in "philosophia"**.

    November 9, 2013

  • jean p.

    Is a great deal of preparation expected or can one plan on attending and be bemused?

    November 5, 2013

    • Brian

      No experts here. Come have fun

      1 · November 5, 2013

    • Anneliese

      Part of the idea of these is to see how the myths get used by subsequent thinkers, so if you have any references or texts, please feel free to bring them into the discussion. But yes, for the most part we are clarifying for ourselves how we think of the myths, so no explicit preparation is necessary, although I do recommend taking a look at Hesiod, since we will be using that as a grounding text.

      3 · November 6, 2013

  • Brian

    JACKPOT: Check out the section in red:­

    November 4, 2013

    • Brian

      [These are Plato references to muses]

      November 5, 2013

    • jean p.

      Nice tutorial which gives us a glimpse into the iconic stature of the muses in Greek thought.

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Rick O.

    A link to Hesiod - the Evelyn-White translation (from the Loeb)­

    November 4, 2013

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