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Carpo

Carpo (fruit) In Greek mythology, goddess of autumn, daughter of Zeus and Themis, and one of the Horae, who were goddesses of the seasons. Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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Hymen

Hymen (skin) In Greek mythology, god of marriage, son of either Dionysus and Aphrodite or of Apollo and one of the Muses, Urania, Calliope, or Terpsichore. According to one account Hymen was an Argive youth who loved a young Athenian girl but could not win the consent of her parents. Disguised as a girl, he followed her to the sacred …

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Despoena

Despoena The Mistress Also known as: Despoine Origin: Greece Demeter was roaming, mourning, searching for her lost daughter, Persephone, when she caught the eye of her brother, Poseidon, who decided that, even under the circumstances, she still looked pretty good. He pursued her in the form of a stallion. She recognized him and to escape, Demeter took the form of …

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Dike

Dike Just Retribution Pronounced: Dye-kee (rhymes with Nike) Origin: Greece Dike is the goddess of righteous judgment and punishment. She is an avatar of her mother, Themis, but fiercer. Dike is the Accuser. She reports human wrongdoing to her father, Zeus. Dike lived among mortals during a Golden Age when peace reigned over Earth, hence her excellent vantage to report …

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Dione

Dione Origin: Greece Dione, water goddess of fertility and divination, is a shadowy figure in Greek mythology: she’s Zeus’ first wife. Dione and Zeus presided over the Oracle of Dodona in northwestern Greece, described by Herodotus as the oldest Hellenic oracle. Scholars now believe it to be pre-Hellenic and prehistoric. Although Zeus and Dione were venerated there together as a …

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Dionysus

Dionysus The Night Prowler Also known as: Bacchus Dionysus is popularly called the God of Wine, however that classification doesn’t begin to do him justice as this powerful deity is so much more than that: • Dionysus presides over Mysteries of birth, life, death, and resurrection • He is the spirit of untamed wilderness and irrepressible male procreative energy, intoxication, …

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Eris

Eris Strife Also known as: Discordia Origin: Greece Eris, goddess of discord, chaos, and strife, is the sister of Ares and among the spirits who accompany him onto the battlefield. Her most famous appearance in mythology is a nonappearance: Eris was snubbed. She did not receive an invitation to Thetis’ wedding, a major social event for the Olympian pantheon. Her …

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Eros

Eros Origin: Greek Eros is not just the little winged fat angel baby found on Valentine’s Day cards, the equivalent of Cupid. He is a profound, primeval force of love. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, in the beginning there was Chaos. From Chaos emerged Gaia (Earth), Nyx (Night), and Eros (Love and the erotic impulse). That’s one version of his origins, …

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Iris

Iris (rainbow) In Greek mythology, goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods; daughter of the sea deities Thaumas and Electra. Homer’s Iliad (books 3, 5, 8) makes her the messenger of Zeus, though in much later mythology she appears as an aide to Hera, wife of Zeus. One of her functions was to cut the thread of life …

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Hera

Hera (lady) In Greek mythology, pre- Hellenic goddess, later said to be the wife of Zeus; sister of Demeter, Hades, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus. In Roman mythology, she is called Juno. Her four children by Zeus are Hephaestus, Hebe, Ares, and Ilithyia (Eileithyia). She was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, according to Hesiod’s Theogony (454). Hera’s main function was …

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