22 Kalliope

Calliope is one of the nine muses of Greek myth, which include Terpsichore, Erato, Clio, Thalia, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Euterpe, Urania, and Melpomene. She is the muse of epic poetry. She is of course favoured by writers of such, including Virgil and Dante Alighieri, who refer to her in their works.

In some myths, she is a lover of Ares, and with him had children that were the ancestors of various Thracian tribes. In other myths, she is the mother by other means of both Orpheus and Linus.

The symbol of this asteroid is a writing tablet and stylus to the right, with an asteroidal star in the center, representing the tool the muse used to record enduring stories.

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This minor planet has a single satellite called 22 Kalliope I Linus, named after the son of the muse and Apollo. He was a great musician and orator, and the inventor of melody, rhythm, and lyrical song. This minor satellite's name was also supposedly a reference to both computer scientist Linus Torvalds, and the character Linus Van Pelt from the comic strip Peanuts.

The symbol for this minor planet is the same as for its parent body, but instead of the asteroidal star is a large capital Greek letter Lambda inscribed in the tablet.

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