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GODDESS OF WIDOM

A dozen females are still vying for this position: Athena, Minerva, Metis and the nine muses are all credited as The Goddess of Wisdom. Exhaustive research provides only a partial answer as to the victor. (Like most icons in world history, they are probably all derivatives of the same legend.) In a popularity contest, Athena would win the title, if only she could lose the distinction of Warrior Goddess. Minerva as well, being a Roman counterpart to the Greek, lost her academic soul in contemplating battle. Metis, mother of Athena, was apparently smart enough, but led a rather dull life aside from saving children from being eaten (?). The nine muses signify the arts and sciences, and are a logical intellectual choice: of epic song, Calliope; of lyric song, Euterpe; of sacred song, Polyhymnia; of dance, Terpsichore; of erotic poetry, Erato; of astronomy, Urania; of history, Clio; of tragedy, Melpomene; of comedy, Thalia. These nonatuplets are the offspring of Zeus and Mnemosyne and are sometimes depicted as a single entity.

 

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