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Polyhymnia ("the one of many hymns" /pɒlɪ'hɪmniə/) (Πολυύμνια, Πολύμνια), in Greek mythology, was the Muse of sacred poetry, sacred hymn and eloquence as well as agriculture and pantomime. She is depicted as very serious, pensive and meditative, and often holding a finger to her mouth, dressed in a long cloak and veil and resting her elbow on a pillar. Polyhymnia is also sometimes accredited as being the Muse of geometry and meditationTemplate:Fact.

In Bibliotheca historica, Diodorus Siculus wrote, "Polyhymnia, because by her great (polle) praises (humnesis) she brings distinction to writers whose works have won for them immortal fame...".

Literary Appearances

Dante's Divine Comedy: Paradiso. Canto XXIII, line 56.

In popular culture

Polyhymnia is one of the main characters in the 1955 Tom Puss story De Muzenis.




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