23 Thalia

Thalia 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 comedy and pastoral poetry.

Thalia is also the name of one of the three Charities from Greek myth, or Graces from Roman myth. She personifies abundance, along with Aglaea, personification of splendor, and Euphrosyne, personification of beauty. Their mother is Charis, and their father is Hephaistos.

The symbol of this minor planet reflects that dual reference. A smile, as would be found on the comedy masks the muse is associated with, lies above the Grace symbol, which represents the depiction of the Graces in most contemporary and later art, as three women with their arms around each other.

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