"Erato, The Muse of Love Poetry" by François Boucher

Meaning: “Loved”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: AIR-uh-toh
Origin: Greek
Other forms of the name: N/A

Erato is the muse of lyrical poetry, especially that of love or erotic poetry and mimicry. She is often depicted with a wreath of myrtles and roses and is usually holding a lyre. Erato charms the sight and in one version she has two turtle-doves eating seeds at her feet. The muses father is Zeus and their mother is the Titaness Mnemosyne, Erato has one daughter called Kleopheme with Malos. The name Erato comes from erasthai which means “to love”. Erato is often associated with the God Eros (Cupid) as their names come from the same root.

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