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MOUSAI APOLLONIDES
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μουσαι
Απολλωνιδες
Mousai
Apollônides
Musae
Apollonides
Muses Daughters
of Apollo

THE MOUSAI APOLLONIDES were three younger Muses, daughters of the god Apollon, named Kephiso, Apollonis and Borysthenis, or Nete, Mese, Hypate. The latter represented the lowest, middle and highest strings of the lyre. They were honoured at the shrine of Delphoi. The Apollonides were one of three alternate sets of Muses, the others being the Olympian Nine and the Titanid Three.

PARENTS
APOLLON (Eumelus Frag 35, Tzetzes on Hesiod 23)
NAMES

[1.1] KEPHISO, APOLLONIS, BORYSTHENIS (Eumelus Frag 35, Tzetzes on Hesiod 23)
[2.1] NETE, MESE, HYPATE (Plutarch Symposium 9.14)


Eumelus, Fragment 35 (from Tzetzes, On Hesiod's Works & Days 23) (trans. West, Vol. Greek Epic Fragments) (C8th to 7th B.C.) :
"But Eumelos of Korinthos (Corinth) says there are three Mousai (Muses), daughters of Apollon: Kephiso, Apollonis, and Borysthenis."

Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Κηφισω Kêphisô Cephiso Of the River
Cephisus
Απολλωνις Apollônis Apollonis Daughter of
Apollon
Βορυσθενις Borysthenis Borysthenis ?-Strength
(sthenos)
Νητη Nêtê Nete Lowest note
of the lyre
Μηση Mêsê Mese Middle Note
of the Lyre
Ὑπατη Hypatê Hypate Highest Note
of the Lyre

Sources:

  • Greek Epic Eumelus, Fragments - Greek Epic C8th-7th B.C.