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Detail of painting The Muses Urania and Calliope by Simon Vouet, in which she is holding a copy of the Odyssey

In Greek mythology, Calliope (Greek: Καλλιόπη, Kalliope, "beautiful-voiced", pronounced in English /kə'laɪəpi/ ka-LIE-oh-pee) was the muse of heroic poetry,[1] daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and is now best known as Homer's muse, the inspiration for the Iliad and the Odyssey.

One account says Calliope was the lover of the war god Ares, and bore him several sons: Mygdon, Edonus, Biston, and Odomantus - respectively the founders of Thracian tribes known as the Mygdones, Edones, Bistones and Odomantes.

Calliope also had two famous sons, Orpheus[2] and Linus[3], by either Apollo or the king Oeagrus of Thrace. She taught Orpheus verses for singing[4] . She was the oldest and wisest of the Muses, as well as the most assertive. She married Oeagrus close to Pimpleia[5],Olympus.

Calliope is always seen with a writing tablet in her hand. At times, she is depicted as carrying a roll of paper or a book or as wearing a gold crown.


  1. ^ Lempriere, D.D., 1788. A Classical Dictionary. London: Milner and Sowerby. pp. 132
  2. ^ The Greek Gods by Hoopes And Evslin , ISBN 0590441108, ISBN 0590441108, 1995, page 77 His father was a Thracian king; His mother the muse Calliope. For a while he lived on Parnassus with his mother and his eight beautiful aunts and there met Apollo who was courting the laughing muse Thalia . Apollo was taken with Orpheus, gave him his little golden lyre m, and taught him to play. And his mother taught him to make verses for singing.
  3. ^ Apollodorus, Library and Epitome,2.4.9,This Linus was a brother of Orpheus; he came to Thebes and became a Theban,
  4. ^ The Greek Gods by Hoopes And Evslin , ISBN 0590441108, ISBN 0590441108, 1995, page 77 His father was a Thracian king; His mother the muse Calliope. For a while he lived on Parnassus with his mother and his eight beautiful aunts and there met Apollo who was courting the laughing muse Thalia . Apollo was taken with Orpheus, gave him his little golden lyre m, and taught him to play. And his mother taught him to make verses for singing.
  5. ^ THE ARGONAUTICA,BOOK I,"(ll. 23-34) First then let us name Orpheus whom once Calliope bare, it is said, wedded to Thracian Oeagrus, near the Pimpleian height. Men say that he by the music of his songs charmed the stubborn rocks upon the mountains and the course of rivers. And the wild oak-trees to this day,tokens of that magic strain, that grow at Zone on the Thracian shore,stand in ordered ranks close together, the same which under the charm of his lyre he led down from Pieria. "

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Oceania : Australia : Queensland : Gladstone

Gladstone is a town in Queensland on th coast betweeb Bundaberg and Rockhampton

Get in

By plane

Gladstone Airport (GLT) is around 5km from the city centre.

Qantaslink has services connecting to Brisbane. There is also the daily all stops flight north to Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. There is little competition on the routes into Gladstone, and prices can reflect this.

Jetstar and Virgin Blue fly to Rockhampton, a bit more than an hour away to the north. It is possible to pick up unlimited kilometre car hire in Rockhampton.

The airport has a cafe, and has about the only cappucino you can find after about 2:30pm in Gladstone.

Car hire is available at the airport, Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrify and Budget all offer service. Taxis are available outside the terminal.

By car

Gladstone is a diversion off the Bruce Highway A1 between Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

By train

The railway from Brisbane to Rockhampton stops in central Gladstone. Tilt train and other services are available.

Get around

By car

Gladstone is easily navigable by car, and car hire is available at the airport and downtown.

By bike

Gladstone has a variety of cycleways, and most roads are generally cycle friendly if you avoid the major highways. The topology of the city, with a hill running parallel to the city centre and the harbour, is worth considering if planning to cycle. If you follow the harbourside, it is going to be flatter.


Gladstone is an industrial centre. Is has attractions for people who like to see views over heavy industrial landscapes. It has gardens and a pretty marina district. It also is surrounded by areas of natural beauty. Gladstone harbour is the largest natural harbour in Australia.

  • Tondoon Botanic Gardens, +61 7 4971 4444. until 5:30 in winter, 6pm in summer. Expansive gardens, with a choice of many botanical walks, including wet and dry rainforest. Short walks take around 30 minutes. Clearings with picnic areas. Viewing platform, lakes. Kiosk/cafe over the man-made pond. A cycle lane and cycleway extend from the city the 8km south to the gardens. Don't forget insect repellent for the mosquitoes. free.  edit
  • Marina Parklands. The corner of Gladstone Harbour that has the marina, has been improved, as a recreation area. There are gardens, playgounds, and a paved walking esplanada by the side of the water. There is also a coffee shop and kiosk. This area also has the ferries to the reef and Curtis Island, and the tourist information centre. free.  edit
  • Auckland Point, (A short distance from the city centre, at the end of Auckland Road.). The view gives an overview of the layout of Gladstone, from the sweeping harbour and harbour islands, to the heavy industry surrounding it. You can see all the way from Queensland Alumina, across the harbour to the coal and other ports, to the marina, and out to the power station, mountains, and islands. There is a cafe at the top, with mains around $10. The cafe is good value, but it is open erratically. The locally produced guidebooks say open from breakfast to 5pm, but only really count on it being open for lunch. A waterfall falls down the cliff front at Auckland POint, but like so much of central Gladstone is human engineered. It is lit up with green and white lighting after dark, and it is an interesting place to go for a walk at night. free.  edit
  • Queensland Alumina. Queensland Alumina is one of the largest Bauxite to Alumina processing refineries in the world. It unloads Bauxite from Weipa on a wharf adjacent to the refinery. The Alumina is sent by 10km conveyor south to the Boyne Smelter. There is a lookout on the road to the site, offering views over the refinery and an explanation of what goes on there. There are also free tours that run every Monday from the Tourist Information Centre at the marina. Bookings are essential, as tours only run with sufficient numbers.  edit
  • Boyne Smelter. Free tours of the Boyne Aluminium Smelter run on Fridays at 9:30am, again leaving from the Visitor's Information Centre at the Marina.  edit
  • Calliope River Historical Village. $2.  edit
  • TurtleWay Cycleway. Follows the Boyrne River. 18km of cycling between Tannum Sands and Boyne Island - 20km south of Gladstone  edit
  • Swim. Tannum Sands 20 minutes south of Gladstone town offers year-round swimming and a pretty esplanade and beachfront park.  edit
  • Great Barrier Reef Trips.  edit


Gladstone City Centre suffers from larger suburban malls that are scattered around. The city centre is transforming itself into a restaurant and commercial precinct, while the shopping moves out into the suburbs with easier access and parking. Unfortunately this also means the bland shopping mall with K-Mart, Target etc is prevelent, rather than a central shopping strip esposed to the elements.

  • Calliope Village Markets.  edit


Restaurants tend to be expensive in Gladstone, with even pubs and clubs commonly selling their main meals well over $20.

The Yacht Club, down the bottom of Goondoon St, by the harbour offers a good selection in a large dining room, and welcomes visitors.

  • Grand Hotel. Right in central Gladstone. Historic hotel, but newly renovated and trendy feel. Prices to match.  edit
  • Gladstone Camelot Hotel. Basic motel style, freshly painted and clean, but showing its age in the design. Elevated location gives views across Queensland Alumina to the water. $120 per double.  edit
  • Quest Gladstone (Quest Serviced Apartments), 39-43 Bramston Street (Corner Bramston Street and Glenlyon Street), 07 4970 0900, [1]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Quest Gladstone opened its doors for business on February 2, 2009. Quest Gladstone boasts sophisticated and stylish accommodation in the city centre. With apartments featuring full kitchen facilities, laundry, dining and lounge (excluding Studio's), and the added convenience of broadband internet access, Austar connection, LCD television, DVD player, and individually controlled reverse cycle air-conditioning, Quest Gladstone is the perfect location for the business or leisure traveller. Inhouse guests can enjoy the use of the swimming pool and barbecue area along with limited off street car parking. Our prime city location provides easy access to Gladstone's business precincts and industrial estates, with some of the city's finest restaurants located within walking distance. The propery is a short stroll to Goondoon Street which is the main entertainment, shopping, recreational and leisure district of Gladstone. Accommodation at Quest Gladstone has been specifically designed to cater for guest stays from one night, to a week, to a month, and more. Quest Gladstone represents the flexibility that is necessary in todays competitive accommodation marketplace Quest Gladstone has a conference and meeting room that can cater for up to 50 people, ideal for conferences, board meetings, training seasons, product displays and office parties. Full catering and tea-room facilities are available. From $180. (23 50 47 30 S,151 15 22 70 E) edit
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  • IPA: /kəˈlaɪə.pi/, SAMPA: /k@"laI@.pI/
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  1. (Greek mythology) The Muse of eloquence and epic or heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus with Apollo.

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