For the progressive rock band, see Muse (band)
The Muses are a group of nine goddesses in Greek Mythology which are associated with inspiration for those wishing to contribute to the arts. According to Hesiod's Theogony, they are the children of Zeus and Mnemosyne. The Muses do not have direct analogs in Roman Mythology.
In the arts, a muse can also mean the source of a writer or artist's inspiration, most commonly a woman. Examples include Beatrice being Dante's muse, and Laura being Petrarch's muse.
List of the Muses