Muse with kithara, detail of lid of Paestan red-figure pottery. Photograph by Maria Daniels, courtesy of the Musée du Louvre, January 1992.

The Muses in Ancient Greece

February 27, 2020

The Muses' development in Greek mythology followed the same overall path as the other gods. Thanks in part to poets, Greek culture and social order revolved around mousikaē ("the art of the Muse").

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St. Nick steals most of a family's attention by rewarding their good kids, while Krampus steals a bad child, shoved upside-down in his basket

15 Entertaining Krampus Illustrations

December 23, 2019

A collection of vintage Krampus illustrations to entertain you, plus a brief introduction to Krampus mythology.

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Calliope teaches music to her son Orpheus. Painting by Alexandre-Auguste Hirsch.

Who Were the Muses of Greek Mythology?

September 18, 2019

Personal details of the Muses varied considerably in ancient Greece. How many Muses were there? Who were the Muses' parents? What were the Muses' names? And did the Muses have children?

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Vampire Killing Kit

May 22, 2019

The history of "authentic" vampire killing kits is shrouded in mystery.

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