Terms of Mythology
By: Denonte' Wilson and JoDee Schwarz
Mythology can refer either to the study of myths or to a body or a collection of myths.
The Muses in Greek Mythology, poetry, and literature are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science, and the arts. They are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. The names of the 9 daughters were Clio (History), Urania (Astronmy), Melpomene (Tragedy), Thalia (Comedy), Terpsichore (Dance), Calliope (Epic Poetry), Erato (Love Poetry), Polyhymnia (Songs to the Gods), and Euterpe (Lyric Poetry).
Greek Mythology is the body of myths and teachings passed down from ancient Greeks. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and mythological creatures. These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature.