Sunday, December 18, 2011

English words from the Classical Myths: Music

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word music means" vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion".
According to the Etymology Dictionary, the word music comes from the name of the Greek god of art, Muse."There were nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and their specialties are traditionally: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy)".
"They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture, that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths. The compliment to a real woman who inspires creative endeavor is a later idea" in words of Wikipedia.Other words referring to muse are museum or mosaic. We can see how to use the word music in this article.


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