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

Residence: Mount Olympus
Symbols: Comic mask
Parents: Zeus and Mnemosyne
Siblings: The Muses

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

In the Classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic and literary spheres, Thalia was named Muse of comedy and bucolic poetry. In this guise she was portrayed with the attributes of comic mask, shepherd’s staff and wreath of ivy. Her name was derived from the Greek word thaleia meaning “rich festivity” or “blooming.”

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