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Aglaea (center), as depicted on "Antonio Canova’s sculpture, "The Three Graces with her sisters

Aglaea ("/əˈɡlə/) or Aglaïa ("/əˈɡlə/; Greek: Ἀγλαΐα "splendor, brilliant, shining one") is the name of several figures in "Greek mythology, the best known of which is one of the three "Charites or Graces.

Mythology[edit]

Aglaea is the Greek goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence, and adornment.

She is the youngest of the Charites or Graces, although "Homer knew of a younger Charis or Grace named "Pasithea ("Hallucination"). Aglaea is one of three daughters of "Zeus and either the "Oceanid "Eurynome, or of "Eunomia, the goddess of good order and lawful conduct. Her two sisters are "Euphrosyne, the goddess of joy or mirth, and "Thalia, the goddess of festivity and rich banquets.[1][2] Together they are known as the Three Graces, or the Charites,[3] and as such they attended "Aphrodite, the goddess of love, with Aglaea sometimes acting as her messenger.[4]

Aglaea was also known as "Charis (the Grace) and "Cale (Beauty).[5] Aglaea was married to "Hephaestus after his divorce from Aphrodite,[6] and by him became mother of "Eucleia ("Good Repute"), "Eupheme ("Acclaim"), "Euthenia ("Prosperity"), and "Philophrosyne ("Welcome").[7]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Hesiod, "Theogony 907
  2. ^ "Bibliotheca 1. 3. 1
  3. ^ "Pindar, Olympian Ode 14. 1 ff
  4. ^ "Nonnus, "Dionysiaca 24. 261 ff
  5. ^ Theoi.com: Kharis Algaia
  6. ^ "Hesiod, "Theogony 945
  7. ^ "Orphic Rhapsodies (fragments)

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