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Roman statue of Polyhymnia, 2nd century AD, depicting her in the act of dancing.

Polyhymnia ("the one of many hymns" /pɒlɪ'hɪmniə/) (Πολυύμνια, Πολύμνια), in Greek mythology, was the Muse of sacred poetry, sacred hymn and eloquence as well as agriculture and pantomime. She is also known as the Muse of mime. She is depicted as very serious, pensive and meditative, and often holding a finger to her mouth, dressed in a long cloak and veil and resting her elbow on a pillar. Polyhymnia is also sometimes accredited as being the Muse of geometry and meditation.

Literary Appearances

Dante's Divine Comedy: Paradiso. Canto XXIII, line 56.

In popular culture

Polyhymnia is one of the main characters in the 1955 Tom Puss story De Muzenis.

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Etymology

From the Greek poly, (many) + hymn(os), (song in praise of gods) + -ia, (common feminine ending)

Proper noun

Polyhymnia

  1. (Greek mythology) The Muse of sacred music.

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Simple English

Redirecting to Muse








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