Roman statue of Melpomene, 2nd century AD. The muse is shown in a long-sleeved garment with a high belt, clothing that was associated with tragic actors. Her wreath of vines and grapes alludes to Dionysus
, the god of the theatre.
Melpomene (//; Greek: Μελπομένη; "to sing" or "the one that is melodious"), initially the Muse of Singing, she then became the Muse of Tragedy, for which she is best known now. Her name was derived from the Greek verb melpô or melpomai meaning "to celebrate with dance and song." She is often represented with a tragic mask and wearing the cothurnus, boots traditionally worn by tragic actors. Often, she also holds a knife or club in one hand and the tragic mask in the other.
Melpomene is the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Her sisters include Calliope (muse of epic poetry), Clio (muse of history), Euterpe (muse of lyrical poetry), Terpsichore (muse of dancing), Erato (muse of erotic poetry), Thalia (muse of comedy), Polyhymnia (muse of hymns), and Urania (muse of astronomy).
In Roman and Greek poetry, it was traditional to invoke the goddess Melpomene so that one might create beautiful lyrical phrases (see Horace's Odes).
Referred to in HBO's "Deadwood" during a scene when two actors converse, at the time of death.
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California Academy of Sciences
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:03:45 -0800
But when the team compared the genomes of the butterflies' more distant relative, H. melpomene, with the other two, the number of differences were astounding! H. melpomene diverged more than one million years ago and the team discovered hundreds of ...
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:08:55 -0800
The dead man lived with his baby son and the baby's mother and had grown up in the old Melpomene housing development, Jackson said. The victim's mother was killed in a car accident soon after Hurricane Katrina. "He wasn't no bad person," Jackson said.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:15:00 -0800
Music Competition, winner of first prize and the Melpomene prize at the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition, winner of the commissioned prize at the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition, and winner of first prize and the Canadian commissioned ...
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:42:25 -0800
Guste, often referred to as the Melpomene, had been known associated primarily with the high-crime, low-slung brick complex that sprawled for blocks along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Central City. But after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina ...
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:48:45 -0800
KEYSER - Skyler Spamburgh as Calliope, the Goddess of Epic Poetry, and Gabby Long as Melpomene, the Goddess of Tragedy, get into a dance number with their "fans" during rehearsal of a scene from Apple Alley Players' children's theater version of ...
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:56:54 -0800
In addition to Skerritt and Stokinger, Xanadu features returning ATC favorite Jeff Steitzer as Danny, plus Christine Riippi as Kira's younger sister, Calliope, and Lisa Estridge in the role of Kira's older sister, Melpomene. Ensemble cast members ...
Arizona Daily Star
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:06:04 -0800
“Dragon of the Winds” — Tanque Verde High School, 4201 N. Melpomene Way. A Japanese folk tale that explores the magic of miracles, presented by the intermediate drama class. 6 p.m. Nov. 8. $3; $2 students. 760-0801, ext. 1207.
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 02:52:30 -0800
Die neue Ausstellung in der Werderschen Stadtgalerie gehört nicht dazu, sie hat mit der griechischen Muse Melpomene einen mächtigen Schutz. Ihr Name steht, ungefähr, für die tragische Dichtungsart, freilich mit einem melancholischen Lächeln im ...
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