Copyright ©2008 by Paul Niquette. All rights reserved.
in the puzzle are ten
figures dancing in
a ring, implying a sisterhood of ten Mythical
Muses. Students of Greek Mythology
know that the number
of Muses has varied over the centuries from as few as
three but never more
than nine. Indeed, the tenth dancing figure
represents Apollo, who,
by some reckonings, is their father.
Now, the tabulation in the puzzle does
list a total of
he identity of that extra Muse on the list is obvious enough, but -- hey, all of them are mythical, are they not? Why not create more? The twelfth century was a long time ago. Surely in the intervening time, many previously unknown realms of creative endeavor have come along. Each deserves to have a Muse of its own.
Here are just a few modern Mythical
Muses that come readily to mind...
How about a Muse for creating Muses? If you have one of those, please share your inspirations here.
Here are some modern Mythical
selected from on-line nominations...