Erato was one of the nine Muses, the goddesses of music, song and dance.

Residence: Mount Olympus
Symbol: Lyre
Parents: Zeus and Mnemosyne
Siblings: The Muses

Roman statue of Erato, 2nd c. AD, playing the lyre. NY Carlsberg Glyptotek. (c) ChrisO

In the Classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific literary and artistic spheres, Erato was named Muse of erotic poetry and mime, and represented with a lyre. Her name means “lovely” or “beloved” from the Greek word eratos.

Back to The Muses