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Can you name the Nine Muses by description?

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Muse of tragedy/initially was Muse of Chorus/wears tragic mask & cothurnus (boots worn by tragic actors)/mother of several Sirens/also invoked for lyrical phrases (ie Horace's Odes
Earliests records of the Nine Muses come from this homeland of Hesiod
Expression used to describe Sappho or Juana Inés de la Cruz/also in title of Anne Bradstreet book of poetry
Muse of lyric poetry/since Renaissance she is shown w/myrtle wreath & roses holding a small kithara (lyre)
Father of Muses according to Hesiod
Muse of comedy & idyllic poetry/name means 'flourishing'/8th born/joyous, crowned w/ivy w/boots & comic mask in her hand or w/bugle or trumpet
Muse of astronomy/possible mother of Linus (musician) or Hymenaeus/cloak embroidered w/stars
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Muse of dance & chorus/usually depicted sitting w/lyre accompanying ballerinas' choirs w/music/mother of some Sirens & Parthenope
Muse of history/proclaimed & glorified great deeds & historic accomplishments
Mother of the Muses according to Hesiod/titaness goddess of memory/daughter of Uranus & Gaia
Muse of music/called 'giver of delight'/played flute/may have invented aulos (double flute)
Elegaic poetry volume published under pseudonyms/all female writers/alternate title: Poems Written by Nine severall Ladies Upon the death of the late Famous John Dryden (1700)
Muse of hymns (as well as sacred poetry, dance, eloquence, agriculture, pantomime, geometry, & meditation)/referenced in Divine Comedy/held finger to her mouth & work long cloak
Muse of eloquence & epic poetry/Chief of all Muses (by Hesiod)/lover of Ares/mother of Orpheus by Apollo/turned girls into magpies after singing contest/muse for Homer & Virgil

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