A Greek Poet, who flourished at Athens in prehistoric times. He was said by some to have been a native of Thrace and a son of Orpheus; while others represented him as the son of Eumolpus and Selene, or of An-tiphemus and Helena, and the disciple of Orpheus. He was regarded as the author of various compositions, especially of such as were connected with the rites of Ceres at Eleusis, over which he was thought to have at one period presided. According to a tradition preserved by Pausanias, the Museum at Piraeus received its name from Musaeus having been interred there. A few specimens of his reputed works are extant; but Pausanias deemed none of the productions ascribed to him genuine except a hymn to Ceres.
A Greek Grammarian, supposed by most modern critics to have lived at about the beginning of the 6th century A. D. He was the author of the poem on "The Loves of Hero and Leander," discovered in the 13th century. The best editions of it are those of Passow (Leipsic, 1810) and Schäfer (1825). It was jointly translated into English by Marlow and Chapman (1606), and there are several other English versions.