What Terpsis means?

What Terpsis means?

Terpsichore was one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology; she ruled over dance and choral song and is usually depicted sitting, holding a lyre – hence our logo. She lends her name to the word “terpsichorean” which means of or relating to dance Terpsichore – Τερψιχόρη means “delight of dancing” and comes from the Ancient Greek Terpsis (Τέρψις) – enjoy, delight – and choros (Χορός) – dance -.

There were nine Muses in mythology, they were goddesses who ruled over the arts and sciences; the daughters of the Greek god Zeus (lord of all Gods) and the Titan Mnemosyne, who represented memory. Memory was very important in ancient times, as without books, all knowledge and poetry had to be remembered. The Muses were believed to inspire all artists especially poets, philosophers and musicians.

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The Nine Muses

 The Muses were believed to inspire all artists especially poets, philosophers and musicians.

The nine Muses were

“she of the beautiful voice” was chief of the Muses and the Muse of eloquence and epic poetry, she is usually depicted with a writing tablet

“the proclaimer”, the patron of history and Muse of historic and heroic poetry, usually depicted with scroll and books

“the lovely” or “the passionate”, the Muse of poetry about love and eroticism, often depicted with a cithara and a crown of roses

“the pleasure giver”, the Muse of music and often depicted with an aulos, an instrument similar to a double flute

the Muse of tragedy, usually represented wearing a tragic mask or holding it in her hand

“she of many hymns” the Muse of sacred poetry, the hymn, usually depicted in a pensive, serious pose

“delighting in dance”, she is the Muse of dancing and choral songs; usually depicted seated, holding a lyre

the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry, she is usually represented holding a comic mask and a shepherd’s crook

“the heavenly”, she is the Muse of astronomy and astrology and is typically depicted holding a globe and looking up to the sky

Muse is a word used in modern English to refer directly to an inspiration as in “my muse is …” but also remains in use in the words “amuse”, “museum”, “music” and “musing upon”.