"In Greek mythology there is a myth about history. The patroness of History is a muse, Clio. Clio is one of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne. The aim of the Muses is to make people forget their worries, to forget the traumas of which Mnemosyne reminds them. This could happen with the arts as well as with the narration of other histories. In mythology, history serves as medicine in relation to memory. If our memory carries traumatic experiences, one aim of history is to heal them."
Antonis Liakos, History Writing as the Return of the Repressed, 2001. (via fustanella)