Nine goddesses of the arts.
The Muses were the daughters of the goddess Mnemosyne and the god Zeus. Their names were Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Poylhymnia (mime), Euterpe (flute), Terpsichore (light verse and dance), Erato (lyrical choral poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy). They were the main stimulation to writers, artists, and musicians. All nine were said to live in the woods, where they were often found holding hands and dancing in a circle, which would symbolize the union between each of the arts. All of the Muses had the highest knowledge of the artistic nature. Everyone admired the Muses and said they were their derivation to creativity.