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1 (Greek mythology) the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry
2 (Greek mythology) one of the three Graces

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  • /ˈθæl.i.ə/, /"T

Extensive Definition

Thalia can refer to four distinct entities in Greek mythology, two of whom were daughters of Zeus, and a third of whom bore him sons. The name Thalia, or Thaleia, (pronounced /θə'laɪə/) is spelled θαλεια in Greek and derives from θάλλεω, “blooming”.

The Muse

Thalia was a rustic goddess, the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry. In this context, her name means “flourishing,” because the praises in her songs flourish through time. Thalia was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the eighth-born of the nine Muses. Her children by Apollo were the Corybantes. In art, Thalia was portrayed holding a comic mask, a shepherd’s staff, or a wreath of ivy.

The Grace

The Grace Thalia was the goddess of banquets and other festivities. In this context, her name means "rich" or "abundant". Thalia’s father was Zeus; her mother was Eurynome. She is also portrayed as the half-blood daughter of Zeus, and a mortal. Thalia was described as fair-cheeked and beautiful. She is the goddess of bountifulness and bloom.

Other mythological figures

There is another entity named Thalia who is the daughter of Hephaestus. She is also an oread of Mount Etna in Sicily. After becoming impregnated by Zeus, she hid beneath the earth due to her fear of Hera. She bore twin sons, the Palici.
Another entity named Thalia (or Thaleia), who is one of the Nereids.


  • In Caroline Lawrence's series of books, the Roman Mysteries, Thalia is one of nine sisters that represent the nine Muses.
  • In the Broadway Musical, Xanadu, Thalia was originally played by Curtis Holbrook. Kyle Dean Massey assumed the role on April 17, 2008.
Thalia is a character from the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. She was the love child of Zeus and a human.


Thalia in Arabic: ثاليا
Thalia in Bosnian: Talija
Thalia in Bulgarian: Талия
Thalia in Catalan: Talia (musa)
Thalia in Czech: Thaleia
Thalia in Danish: Thalia (muse)
Thalia in German: Thalia (Mythologie)
Thalia in Modern Greek (1453-): Θάλεια (Μούσα)
Thalia in Spanish: Talía
Thalia in Esperanto: Talio (muzo)
Thalia in French: Thalie (Muse)
Thalia in Croatian: Talija
Thalia in Italian: Talia (musa)
Thalia in Hebrew: תאליה
Thalia in Latin: Thalia
Thalia in Luxembourgish: Thalia
Thalia in Lithuanian: Talėja
Thalia in Hungarian: Thaleia
Thalia in Dutch: Thaleia
Thalia in Japanese: タレイア
Thalia in Norwegian: Thalia
Thalia in Polish: Talia (muza)
Thalia in Portuguese: Tália
Thalia in Romanian: Thalia (muză)
Thalia in Russian: Талия (муза)
Thalia in Slovak: Tália (múza)
Thalia in Slovenian: Talija
Thalia in Serbian: Талија
Thalia in Finnish: Thaleia (muusa)
Thalia in Swedish: Thalia
Thalia in Turkish: Thaleia
Thalia in Chinese: 塔利亞

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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