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Smith, A. C. ORCID: (2012) Muses. In: Bagnall, R., Brodersen, K., Champion , C., Erskine , A. and Huebner, S. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley, London. ISBN 9781405179355

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The Muses are goddesses and teachers of divine wisdom evoked in dance, music, and poetry. Late sources suggest that they invented the alphabet (Diod. Sic. 7.74.1) and the arts and sciences (Anth. Lat. 1.1.88; 1.2.664).

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