Pegasus and the Nine Muses
By Anne Spackman
Copyright 2012 by Anne Spackman
Muses] are all of one mind, their hearts are set upon song and their
spirit is free from care. He is happy whom the Muses love. For though
a man has sorrow and grief in his soul, yet when the servant of the
Muses sings, at once he forgets his dark thoughts and remembers not
his troubles. Such is the holy gift of the Muses to men."
Once upon a time, in the days of ancient Greece, there were gods and goddesses who ruled the lives of mankind. And of the lesser goddesses were 9 goddesses called the nine muses. The muses came to inspire mankind with gifts of divine inspiration to poets, philosophers, astronomers, and thinkers of all kinds. The nine muses lived at Mount Helicon in Boiotia, or Thebes as it was sometimes called. Thebes was primarily located at the southern part of ancient Greece, though there were colonies in Asia Minor as well.
Mnemosyne, the titaness of memory, was the mother of the nine muses, and Zeus, the thunder god and head of the gods, was their father.
One afternoon, Athena, goddess of wisdom, arrived at Mount Helicon. With her was a lovely young flying horse called the Pegasus. He was not a docile horse, and thrashed about in her grip.