This illustration dates to 1898 and shows the statue of Melpomene in Vatican Museum. Melpomene was honored as the Muse of tragedy. In Greek and Roman mythology, the Muses were nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (goddess of memory). There were honored as the patrons of arts and sciences. Calliope was the head muse, and Apollo, the god of prophecy and song, was their leader.
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