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(Μουσεῖον/Mouseîon sc. ἱερόν/hierón, pl. Μουσεῖα/Mouseîa, Lat. museum).

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A. Definition

Sanctuary of the Muses; a place to experience the powers of the Muses, celebrate them in cult or give them cultural expression. The Muses gave humankind memory and expression – the prerequisite for intellectual and artistic traditions – thus inspiring dance and music, song and poetry and the preservation of this tradition in cult and schools ( mousikḗ as well as gymnastikḗ sc. téc…

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Glock, Andreas (Bremen), “Mouseion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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