In ancient Greek mythology, the Muses were goddesses who inspired poetry, songs, and other literature and art. In Phaedrus, Socrates calls upon the Muses to help him make his speech, and he mentions the Muses’ inspiration of poetry as a praiseworthy form of “madness.”
Muses Term Timeline in Phaedrus
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...arts as “manic,” “thinking madness a fine thing when it comes by divine dispensation.” The Muses represent another type of divine madness, inspiring poetry that educates many generations, whereas if someone... (full context)