Thalia (muse)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
For the one of the three Graces, see Thalia (grace). For other uses see Thalia (disambiguation).

Thalia ("the joyous, the flourishing", from thállein; "to flourish, to be verdant") was the muse who presided over comedy and idyllic poetry. In this context, her name means “flourishing,” because the praises in her songs flourish through time. She was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the eighth-born of the nine Muses.

According to pseudo-Apollodorus, she and Apollo were the parents of the Corybantes. Other ancient sources, however, gave the Corybantes different parents.

She was portrayed as a young woman with a joyous air, crowned with ivy, wearing boots and holding a comic mask in her hand. Many of her statues also hold a bugle, a trumpet (both used to support the actors' voices in ancient comedy), a shepherd’s staff, or a wreath of ivy.

In popular culture

  • Thalia was portrayed by Actress Penelope Lagos in the 2008 TV pilot "Muse" written by Rudy Cecera.
  • Thalia was also the main character in Clea Hantman's "Goddesses" series.
  • Thalia also appeared as the short, stout, clumsy Muse in the Walt Disney original movie Hercules
  • A main character named after Thalia was the daughter of Zeus in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

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