Aganippe


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Aganippe

(ăg'ənĭp`ē), in Greek mythology, nymph. Her spring on Mt. Helicon, sacred to the MusesMuses,
in Greek religion and mythology, patron goddesses of the arts, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Originally only three, they were later considered as nine. Calliope was the Muse of epic poetry and eloquence; Euterpe, of music or of lyric poetry; Erato, of the poetry of
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, gave poetic inspiration to all who drank from it.
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Aganippe

fountain at foot of Mt. Helicon, consecrated to Muses. [Gk. Myth.: LLEI, I: 322]
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"No, no; no bathing in Aganippe; that's where our betters go."
The poem's octave begins with his sardonic and disingenuous concession that he 'never drank of Aganippe well' (1).