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Herodotus and the Nine Muses

Postby jk149 » Sun Feb 08, 2004 3:59 pm

This isn't a Greek Language question, but related.

The nine books of Herodotus' Histories were named after the nine muses sometime after his death. Does anyone know which book corresponds with which muse? I haven't had any luck finding an answer.

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Postby auctor » Sun Feb 08, 2004 6:27 pm

From the Oxford Classical Dictionary
"The clumsy division of the work into nine "Muses" is some librarian's fancy: Herodotus himself cross-refers to this or that [face=SPIonic]lo/goj[/face]"
However the O Dict. of Classical Literature ventures that it could have been Alexandrian editors.
That's all I can see without further research, sorry.

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Postby Moerus » Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:52 pm

You can see the names of the books (Muses) at



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