- The Iliad by Homer 800BC - 701BC
Homer gives some mad shout-outs to the Muses in this epic (and epically long) poem.
- The Odyssey by Homer 800BC - 701BC
And the shout-outs don't stop with the Iliad. Did you notice that they're always at the beginning?
- The Aeneid by Virgil 29BC - 19BC
Virgil opened his poem with a nod to the Muses, too. Don't they ever get tired of all these epic poets pestering them all the time?
- The Metamorphoses by Ovid 2BC
Yep, another epic poem. This time, the Muses show up to brag to Athena (Minerva) about how they beat the daughters of Pieros in a singing contest and then turned them into magpies.
- The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri 1308 - 1321
Dante asks for inspiration all the way from Hell to Heaven.
- Paradise Lost by John Milton 1667
The super-important poems never end. Milton gets by with a little help from his Muses in his epic poem about the fall of man.
- Xanadu 1980
Olivia Newton John plays the Muse, Terpsichore, in this "so bad it's almost good" movie musical.
- "Like a Prayer" by Madonna 1989
The Muses are a mystery to Madonna—at least that's what she sings in her hit song.
- Hercules 1997
The (super-cute) Muses sing a lot of catchy numbers in this old-school Disney movie.
- Xanadu, the Broadway Musical 2007
In this theatrical remake of the 1980 film, the Muse Clio comes down to inspire a dude to start a roller disco. (No really, that's what it's about.)
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse 2007
The nine singing sisters show up to rock out the final celebration at the end of this novel.