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Calliope is a deity in the Greek pantheon. One of nine Muses, she is the patron of heroic or epic poetry.[1]

Calliope is a daughter of Mnemosyne and Zeus, chief of the Greek pantheon. She and her eight sisters are the nine Muses: Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomnene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.[2]

Calliope is the mother of Orpheus.[3][4]

Creative origins[]

Calliope appears in Greek mythology.

Reception and influence[]

The name Calliope lends itself to a dark naga in Empires of the Shining Sea (1998), p.151 and Serpent Kingdoms (2004), p.133; a cheetah in LC2 Inside Ravens Bluff, The Living City (1990), p.3.


  1. WG7 Castle Greyhawk (1988), p.69.
  2. The Vortex of Madness and Other Planar Perils (2000), p.31.
  3. HR6 Age of Heroes Campaign Sourcebook (1994), p.78.
  4. Dragon #113 (Sep 1986), p.26.