Goddess Kalliope  

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KALLIOPE (pronounced ka-LIE-oh-pee) is the Greek Muse of eloquence and epic poetry. She is the eldest of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. With Oiagros, King of Pieria, she was the mother of Orpheus, a poet and bard. Kalliope inspired Homer to write "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", and arbitrated in a dispute between Aphrodite and Persephone over Adonis.She is usually depicted carrying a scroll or a book, and carrying a stylus. Kalliope's name, which means "beautiful voiced," is also see as KALLIPEIA, CALLIOPE, and CALLIOPEA, and epithets used to describe her include CLEAR-VOICED, EXCELLENT, and WHITE-ARMED.

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The Delphian Tripod Restored  

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According to Beaumont, the above is the most authentic form of the Delphian tripod extant; but as the tripod must have changed considerably during the life of the oracle, hasty conclusions are unwise. In his description of the tripod, Beaumont divides it into four parts: (1) a frame with three feet; (2) a reverberating basin or bowl set in the frame; (3) a flat plate or table upon which the Pythia sat; and (4) a cone-shaped cover over the table, which completely concealed the priestess and from beneath which her voice sounded forth in weird and hollow tones. Attempts have been made to relate the Delphian tripod with the Jewish Ark of the Covenant. The frame of three legs was likened to the Ark of the Covenant; the flat plate or table to the Mercy Seat; and the cone-shaped covering to the tent of the Tabernacle itself. This entire conception differs widely from that popularly accepted, but discloses a valuable analogy between Jewish and Greek symbolism.

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