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In Greek mythology, dark forces of the earth, representing the power of retribution and revenge, especially in the family. In the tragedian Aeschylus, daughters of the night. In the play cycle the Oresteia they eventually become the Eumenides, or kindly ones, signifying their role in maintaining civic stability. See also justice, retributive; revenge.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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