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GREEK MYTHOLOGY, GODS, MUSES & LYRES
by: Anonymous

In Ancient Greek mythology only the God Apollo carried the lyre. Apollo represented an ideal type of manliness, and was associated with music, poetry and prophesy.

Now your cameo subject is a female, so it will be a Muse (as there is no Goddess associated with the lyre) and associated with the stringed musical instrument (shoulder,on cameo at approx. 9 pm) of ancient Greece and elsewhere, called a Cithara which is similar to the lyre and played with a plectrum. Terpsichore, muse of dance, would carry a lyre. So did Erato, muse of lyric poetry, although her instrument was a Cithara, an instrument related to the lyre.


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