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

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

Greek statue of Terpsichore from Hadrian’s Villa. Prado Museum, Madrid. (c) Ana Belén Cantero Paz

In the classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific literary and artistic spheres, Terpsichore was named Muse of choral song and dancing, and depicted with a lyre and plectrum. Her name means “Delighting in Dance” from the Greek words terpsis“to delight” and khoros “dance”.

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