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Roman marble statue of Terpsichore from the 2nd century in the Museo Pio-Clementino .

Terpsichore ( ancient Greek Τερψιχόρη , the dance Merry ', the dance-loving'; emphasis on the i: Terps i chore) is one of the nine Muse , all daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne are. She is the muse of choral poetry and dance and, according to some ancient writers, got her name from the fact that she amused her lovers with the seductions that come from learning. She is said to have invented dancing first and, after other fine arts, the sciences.

In some sources she is seen as the mother of the sirens with the river god Acheloos . Its name comes from the Greek words terpō τέρπω 'delight', 'delight' and choros χορός 'reigen', 'dance'. In this sense, her name is still the inspiration for a large number of dance sports clubs.

Terpsichore is depicted as a nymph wreathed with flowers in a light robe, with a lively gesture and as a dancing or seated maiden. It is usually represented and described with the attribute of the lyre (a lyre ) and a pick .

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Individual evidence

  1. Apollodor libri I. c. 14th
  2. Diod. Sicul. l. IV. C. 7. p. 150.
  3. Schol. Apollo ad Argon. l. III. v. 1.
  4. Apollodor libri IV. 895.
  5. ^ Wilhelm Pape : Concise dictionary of the Greek language . Vol. 2: Λ – Ω. Edited by Maximilian Sengebusch . 3. Edition. Vieweg & Sohn, Braunschweig 1914, pp. 1094f
  6. ^ Wilhelm Pape: Concise dictionary of the Greek language . Vol. 2: Λ – Ω. Edited by Max Sengebusch. 3. Edition. Vieweg & Sohn, Braunschweig 1914, p. 1366