She was also the goddess of eloquence, who bestowed her gift on kings and princes. In the Classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic spheres, Kalliope was named Muse of epic poetry. In this guise she was portrayed holding a tablet and stylus or a scroll. In older art she holds a lyre. Kalliope was the mother of the bard Orpheus.
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Just promises and a run around the rim, that's all, when I've got enough in me to be helpin' to work the calliope in the inside. So we six filed into the dining room to serve whomever Calliope had found "to do for. Thus, to Calliope and me, the time held a tragic meaning beneath the exterior of our simple cheer.
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Hesiod and Ovid called her the "Chief of all Muses". She taught Orpheus verses for singing. Calliope married Oeagrus in Pimpleia , a town near Mount Olympus. In some accounts, Calliope is the mother of the Corybantes by her father Zeus. She was sometimes believed to be Homer 's muse for the Iliad and the Odyssey. In some cases, she is said to be the Mother of sirens.
At the behest of Zeus , the king of the gods, she judged the dispute between the goddesses Aphrodite and Persephone over Adonis. In most accounts she and King Oeagrus of Thrace were the parents of Orpheus , the lyre -playing hero. She was also loved by the god Apollo , by whom she had two sons, Hymen and Ialemus. Other versions present her as the mother of Rhesus, king of Thrace and a victim of the Trojan War ; or as the mother of Linus the musician, inventor of melody and rhythm. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Home Literature Poetry.