In Greek meethology, Erato /ˈɛrət/ (Ancient Greek: Ἐρατώ) is ane o the Greek Muses. The name wad mean "desired" or "lovely", if derived frae the same ruit as Eros, as Apollonius o Rhodes playfully suggestit in the invocation tae Erato that begins Beuk III o his Argonautica.[1] Erato is the Muse o lyric poetry, especially romantic an erotic poetry.

Roman statue o Erato, 2nt century AD. The muse is depictit playin the kithara or lyre.


  1. Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, III.1-5, on-line text