Erato (from Greek Ἐρατώ, (erato) '[the] beloved [one]', 'desirable' or 'lovable') is, in Greek mythology, one of 'the sacred nine', the Nine Muses. She is the Muse of lyric and erotic poetry. Her name is pronounced 'AIR-a-toe', IPA: /ˈeɪr ə təʊ/, or 'err-AH-toe, IPA: /ɛr ˈɑː təʊ/.
Her name was given to several other women in Greek myths, and in modern times has been used:
- in astronomy for an asteroid;
- in biology, for two genera,
- one of flowering plants found in South America
- one of molluscs, marine snails.