Thalia pron.: /θəˈlaɪə/ (Ancient Greek: Θάλεια, Θαλία; "the joyous, the flourishing", from Ancient Greek: θάλλειν, thállein; "to flourish, to be verdant") was the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry. In this context Thalia's 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.
According to pseudo-Apollodorus, Thalia and Apollo were the parents of the Corybantes. Other ancient sources, however, gave the Corybantes different parents.
Thalia was portrayed as a young woman with a joyous air, crowned with ivy, wearing boots and holding a comic mask in her hand. Many of Thalia's statues also hold a bugle and a trumpet (both used to support the actors' voices in ancient comedy), or occasionally a shepherd’s staff or a wreath of ivy.
Thalia in Popular Culture
- Thalia was portrayed by Actress Penelope Lagos in the 2008 TV pilot "Muse" written by Rudy Cecera.
- Thalia was also the main character in Clea Hantman's "Goddesses" series.
- Thalia also appeared as the short, stout, clumsy Muse in the Walt Disney original movie Hercules
- The character of Thalia in the Doctor Who story Arc of Infinity was played by Elspet Gray. The name possibly being a reference to her husband, the comedy actor Brian Rix.
- The character of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben in Magic: the Gathering's Dark Ascension set was named after the muse.
- In Christopher Moore's Fool, Thalia is the name of the Anchoress who taught the titular fool, Pocket, to sing and juggle and other comedic skills.
- Thalía (Spanish pronunciation: [taˈli.a], with stress placed on second syllable) is the professional name for Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (b. 1971), a Mexican pop-star whose songs and albums frequently occupy top-ten spots in the Billboard Latin charts. She enjoyed great popularity in Mexico as a telenovela actress during the late 1980s and the 1990s.