Terpsichore

Terpsichore

"Delighting in the dance." The Muse of choral song and dancing, a daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Terpsichore is mentioned as the mother of the Sirens by Achelous,1 and of Hymen by Apollo.2

The names comes from the τέρπω, "delight," and χoρός, "dance."

Iconography

Terpsichore was portrayed seated, holding a lyre and a plectrum.

References

Notes

  1. Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica iv, 893.
  2. Alciphron. Epistles i, 13.3.

Sources

  • Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Cooper, J.C., ed.. (1997). Brewer's Book of Myth and Legend. Oxford: Helicon Publishing Ltd.
  • Hesiod. Theogony, 78.
  • Pindar. Isthmian Odes ii, 7.
  • Plato. Phaedrus p. 259.