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

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

Roman statue of Polyhymnia, 2nd c. AD, depicting her in the act of dancing. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. (c) ChrisO

In the Classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic and literary spheres, Polyhymnia was named Muse of religious hymns and portrayed as a woman in a pensive or meditative pose. Her name was derived from the Greek words poly- “many” and hymnos “praise” or “hymn.”

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