Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. Due to the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County, travelers from the Los Angeles area are advised to use Interstate 5.

nine-muses-sarcophagus

Marble
Roman
3rd Century A.D. (about 230 A.D.)
Sarcophagus with nine Muses, Apollo, and Athena on front; Ulysses listening to the Sirens on sides.

Nine Muses: Goddesses of creative inspiration in poetry, song and other arts; the companions of Apollo. Daughters of Jupiter.
Left to Right
Polyhymnia (sacred hymns)
Euterpe (lyric poetry)
Thalia (comedy)
Melpomene (tragedy)
Erato (love poetry)
Deceased as Apollo (sun god)
Athena or Minerva (goddess of wisdom)
Calliope (epic poetry)
Terpsichore (dance and choral song)
Urania (astronomy)
Clio (history)