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Exploring Local History with Clio

Named after the Greek muse of history and funded in part by the NEH, Clio allows you to explore the history of the world around you. The website and app provide engaging, in-depth discussions of historic places, including both established monuments and locations whose history is not so visible.

Classroom Connections

Clio is designed so that users can interact with it in a variety of ways, which opens an array of possibilities for using it in the classroom. Working with existing entries, students can learn about specific historical places (such as field trip sites or even locations in their neighborhoods and communities), go on walking tours that include a selection of historic places, and create their own walking tours to guide other users through a narrated historical journey.

Clio and Oral Histories

This digital resource provides educators with a creative way to integrate place-based education into the classroom. Students can create entries and utilize the resources already embedded in the Clio app to develop a deeper understanding of the gaps that remain within the nation’s commemorative landscape.

Clio also allows users to embed oral history interviews into the app’s digital landscape. This feature provides students with access to a vast number of oral history repositories and helps them understand how these primary sources can expand and challenge their understanding of history. The ability to physically visit a historic site combined with hearing people discuss their lived experiences encourages people to further understand the reality of history. EDSITEment offers a teacher’s guide that provides more information on how oral histories can be used as educational tools.

Using Existing Entries

They can also create original entries in Clio, an exercise that involves selecting a location, conducting historical research, and composing the entry for their chosen site with pictures, text, a bibliography, and links to additional resources.

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Clio – Greek Goddess of History

Clio, also spelled Kleio, was one of the nine muses. Clio is the muse of history. She is often shown holding a scroll that is open or sitting beside a chest full of books. Clio was the patron of history and the guitar. The ancient Greek word for history was derived from Kleos. She is also often depicted holding a clarion in one hand and a book in the other.

The Muses are nine different goddesses who are the patrons of arts, literature and the sciences. She is the daughter of Zeus, the sky god and leader of the Olympians, and Mnemosyne, the Titaness and goddess of memory. The myth of their creation reveals that Zeus lay with Mnemosene nine times over the course of nine days to bring the Muses into the world. He wanted to celebrate the victory of the Olympians over the Titans and forget the hardships of life. Their voices, songs and dancing was meant to relieve the sorrows over the world. According to some myths, Apollo, the Greek god of the sun and of knowledge. The muses followed Apollo while he wandered Mount Helicon where they lived. The Muses were considered to be the source of inspired creation. Many believed that the inspiration they required to write poetry, literature, music, or any artistic creation came from the nine Muses.

It was believed that Clio lived with her sisters, the Muses, on Mount Parnassos or Mount Helicon. She had one son, Hyacinth, who was a divine hero in Greek myth. His parentage depends on the myth, but often he is considered to be Clio’s son with King Pierus or King Obealus of Sparta. In some myths however, it is said that Clio had Hyacinth with king Amyclas, the forefather of Sparta. Some myths also suggest she had another child, Hymenaeus. Hymenaeus (also spelled Hymenaios) was the patron god of weddings and was considered one of the winged gods of love, otherwise known as the Erotes. Some accounts reveal that Clio was the mother of Linus, though he is also depicted as being the son of the other muses Calliope or Urania. Linus was the poet and musician and was a sibling of Orpheus. He could be considered the embodiment of the lamentation, which was a classical Greek song genre identified as the linos.

Clio was sometimes called the “Proclaimer”. Her symbols include the scroll, books, or tablets. She was considered the celebrator of history, of astonishing deeds and incredible accomplishments. She would proclaim them and recount the history of the heroes. Her name is derived from the same Greek root word that means to celebrate, to recount, or to make famous.

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Huge thanks to Daisy Kemp and the volunteer history undergraduate team (Hannah, James, Madeline, Molly, Nell and Niamh) at the University of York. They have worked hard this term to create podcasts for keen school historians. Three podcasts are now loaded here on the YorkClio History Nerds site with supplementary materials. Each one has been &hellip Continue reading Podcasts for A Level students

Richard Kerridge spoke to YorkClio teachers in March 2021. Here is his PPT giving a flavour of some of the many, many ideas he shared: Teaching History to Low Attainers

Resistance is on everyone’s minds, but at Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, we’re also thinking about history and its lessons. What can the literature (and art) of political resistance in other times and places teach us? Can we theorize, taxonomize, or otherwise generalize lessons about political resistance from individuals’ artistic efforts to intervene in specific historical moments that are not our own? Resistance to political figures, ideas, policies, prevailing moral codes, and religious hegemony can appear in, among other forms:

  • Satire
  • Parody
  • Complaint
  • Allegory (including allegorical productions of plays, or film versions of fictional works, that originally had no such topical significance)
  • Romansà clef
  • Polemical works of fiction
  • Performance art

We are looking for two types of submissions for this special issue:

Scholarly essays: Clio, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, publishes research at the intersections of the disciplines of literary studies, history, and philosophy of history, but for this special issue, we are expanding our focus to allow for attention to visual and performing arts as well. Essays should present well-focused, thoroughly researched arguments of 5000-9000 words, following The Chicago Manual of Style for citations and footnotes.

“Short Takes”: This section includes shorter (1500-2000 words), less formal essays targeting the same audience as scholarly articles in the journal, that is, scholars in the humanities with a strong interest in the connections between history and arts and literature. Whereas the full-length articles for this special issue will offer researched arguments on specific moments of literary or artistic resistance, “Short Takes” essays for the special issue will be more personal, focused on how historical reading you are doing for “your own work” is informing, complicating, or inspiring your reactions to the historical moment we are living in.

Clio App

Clio is a mobile app and website that connects thousands of people to historic and cultural sites around the United States. Created by Dr. David Trowbridge of Marshall University, Clio is driven by a nationwide network of contributors from communities and institutions—including classes at universities and colleges—who know their history and want to share it with the world. As of December 2019, Clio includes articles for over 30,000 landmarks and 600 complete walking tours. Thanks to the support of donors and supporters, Clio is non-profit and free for everyone.

For those who would like to learn how to create entries and walking tours, Clio includes five instructional videos. The website and mobile app includes over 120 walking tours throughout Appalachia, with new entries and tours added each week. Marshall students wishing to learn more about Clio, including project and internship opportunities, should contact Dr. Trowbridge or Dr. Dan Holbrook.

Clio - Your Guide to History 4+

Named after the ancient Greek muse of history, Clio puts history at your fingertips. With your permission, Clio picks up your present location and guides you to landmarks, museums, and historic sites. It also acts as a virtual time machine, allowing a user to see images and videos and hear and read about historic events that happened around them. We are adding new features including interactive walking/driving tours and push notifications coming soon.

Because Clio is free, it depends upon people like you who care about history and culture. If you would like to help, please send us an email at [email protected] We are working to provide new features like push notifications and interactive walking tours thanks to donations and other forms of support. The Clio Foundation is recognized as a public charity under IRS code 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.

With several hundred new entries and improvements being added each month, Clio is not only a website and smartphone application, but also a collaborative research, interpretation, and map-building project. Museum professionals, scholars, and their students contribute most of Clio’s content. We also depend upon local history experts and museum volunteers who often know more about local history than anyone else. Each day, this partnership of local history experts and professional historians is building a comprehensive, dynamic, and interactive map of American history.


Hesiod, Theogony 75 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :
"The Mousai (Muses) sang who dwell on Olympos, nine daughters begotten by great Zeus, Kleio (Clio) and Euterpe, Thaleia (Thalia), Melpomene and Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), and Erato and Polymnia (Polyhymnia) and Ourania (Urania) and Kalliope (Calliope)."

Licymnius, Fragment 768A (from Philodemus, On Piety) (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric V) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) :
"Moreover Kleio (Clio) the Mousa (Muse) fell in love with a man, according to Likymnios (Licymnius), and some think Hymenaios (Hymenaeus) was her son."

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 13 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Mnemosyne [bore to Zeus] the Mousai (Muses), the eldest of whom was Kalliope (Calliope), followed by Kleio (Clio), Melpomene, Euterpe, Erato, Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), Ourania (Urania), Thaleia (Thalia), and Polymnia."

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 16 :
"Aphrodite, furious with Kleio (Clio) (who had chided her for loving Adonis), caused her to fall in love with Magnes' son Pieros (Pierus). As a result of their union she bore him a son Hyakinthos (Hyacinthus)."

Orphic Hymn 76 to the Muses (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.) :
"Daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus . . . Kleio (Clio), and Erato who charms the sight, with thee, Euterpe, ministering delight : Thalia flourishing, Polymnia famed, Melpomene from skill in music named : Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), Ourania (Urania) heavenly bright."


Pindar, Nemean Ode 3. 10 & 82 ff (trans. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) :
"Of song grant, of my skill, full measure. Strike, O daughter of the lord of cloud-capped heaven,,chords to his honour mine to wed them with the youthful voices and with the lyre . . . In your honour then, if high-throned Kleio (Clio) wills, for your proud spirit of conquest."

Simonides, Fragment 577 (from Plutarch) (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric III) (Greek lyric C6th to 5th B.C.) :
"For there was a shrine of the Mousai (Muses) here [south of Apollon's temple at Delphoi (Delphi)] where the spring wells up, and that is why they used this water for libation and lustrations, as Simonides says : &lsquowhere the holy water of the lovely-haired Moisai (Muses) is drawn from below for lustration. Overseer of the holy lustration-water, golden Kleio (Clio), who give the water-drawers from the ambosial cave the fragrant lovely water sought with many prayers.&rsquo"

Bacchylides, Fragment 3 (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric IV) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) :
"Sing, Kleio (Clio), giver of sweetness."

Bacchylides, Fragment 12 :
"Like a skilled helmsman, Kleio (Clio), queen of song, steer my thoughts straight now, if ever before."

Bacchylides, Fragment 13 :
"Trusting in it and in the Mousai (Muses) of the crimson headdress I for my part display this gift of songs If it was indeed flowering Kleio (Clio) who made it [the song] drip into my heart, there will be delight in the words of the songs that proclaim him to the people."


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