In Greek mythology, Aoide (or Aoede) was one of the three original Muses, though there were later nine. Her sisters were Melete and Mneme. She was the muse of song. The Oricoli bust of Zeus, King of the Gods, in the collection of the Vatican Museum. ... For other uses see Muse (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, Melete was one of the three original (Boeotian) Muses, though there were later nine; her sisters were Aoide and Mneme. ... In Greek mythology, Mneme was one of the three original (Boeotian) Muses, daughters of Mnemosyne; though there were later nine. ... Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ...
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Only when the Aoide system had begun to deteriorate under the influence of a hierarchic, autocratic rule, and writing had taken its position at the courts, was the Aoide relegated as entertainer at the courts of the nobles.
There is simply no comparison between the Aoide at the height of their influence and the low social status, standing and importance of the Jugoslav Guslar singers who had been relegated to a very small fringe sector in a society governed by writing.
Even if one Aoide might not travel very far from the place where s/he was born, there is a very efficient way for the messages to travel much, much farther.
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