946 Poësia

This minor planet, according to the Dictionary of Minor Planets, is named after the goddess of poetry. Etymologically it checks out, as poesia is the word for poetry in several European languages, but otherwise this name seems spurious; I can find no evidence that this was a deity in any belief system. This name was apparently suggested by astronomer Nikolaj Vasil'evich Komendantov, a Russian, so perhaps this fabrication or gap in his knowledge of Greek mythology can be forgiven.

The symbol for this minor planet is derived from the symbols of Calliope, muse of epic poetry, and Erato, muse of love poetry. It is a lyre, with an upright stylus crossing through the middle. The general shape is also meant to evoke that of the symbol of Apollo, god of poetry among other things.

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