Erato

"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.

Plato

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Meaning: “Broad-shouldered”
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: PLAY-toh
Origin: Greek
Other forms of the name: Platon

Plato was one of the most important Greek philosophers, he was the teacher to Aristotle (who taught Alexander the Great) and the student to Socrates. He was born Aristocles after his grandfather but was nicknamed Platon by his wrestling coach because of his broad figure. He then starting using the name Plato. Some people argue that he was named Aristocles but it has not been proven to be false or otherwise. Plato was quick-witted and loved to study, he was schooled in gymnastics, grammar, and music by the best teachers. When he was forty years old he founded one of the oldest Western schools in the world. Plato’s teachings have been used to teach many subjects such as mathematics, logic, ethics, rhetoric, and philosophy. There have been two Saint Plato’s, one being a very admirable man, he freed his slaves and gave all his money to his sisters and the poor.