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‘Graces’, goddesses personifying grace, charm, and beauty. Hesiod, names them Aglaea (Radiance), Euphrosynē (Joy), and Thalīa (Flowering). He calls them daughters of Zeus. They are closely associated with Aphrodite in Homer, and later. In Hesiod, they and the Horae deck Pandora. They enjoy poetry, singing, and dance and perform at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. They make roses grow, have myrtles and roses as attributes, and the flowers of spring belong to them.

The Charites have no independent mythology, associating with gods of fertility, esp. Aphrodite, whose birth they attend. Often they are shown standing, processing, or dancing. Pausanias (3) details cults and depictions of the Charites, particularly at Orchomenus. The Charites were originally draped, later naked. The familiar group of three naked women is Hellenistic in origin, and became standard in many Roman copies in several media.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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