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(Θάλεια/Tháleia, Θαλία/Thalía, Lat. Thalia; related to the Greek θάλλειν/thállein, ‘to sprout, grow, thrive’, esp. in reference to fruit trees; cf. Diod. Sic. 4,7). Hesiod counts T. among (1) the Muses, (2) the Nereids and (3) the Charites; generally, she is related to the realm of fertility. Later literary references show a deliberately vague distinction between Muses and Charites.

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[1] Muse

One of the Muses (Hes. Theog. 77), associated with comedies (e…

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Walde, Christine (Basle), “Thalia”, 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 03 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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