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Also known as HORAI

Three Goddesses of the Seasons and, later, of Natural and Moral Law.

They were three very beautiful and talented daughters of ZEUS and THEMIS, despite bearing the almost unbearable names of EUNOMIA, DIKE and EIRENE. At least this was an improvement on their earlier ghastly names of Thallo, Carpo and Auxo.

Their numbers are often exaggerated as they got around a lot and some scholars feel there must be almost a dozen. This is because they went partying a lot with the GRACES and could do chorus girl routines. On the other hand, their name means 'Hours' and there are twelve hours in a day.

Amongst many other things, they look after the Gates of Heaven. When undesirables approach, they slide a cloud in front so no-one can get through or get hurt. So much nicer than a board proclaiming 'Trespassers Will Be Thunderbolted'.

The HORAE do lots of fruity and blossomy things, and also offer services such as babysitting for the Gods and feeding the horses. No-one has a word to say against them, and we certainly don't wish to hear any such thing.

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Article last updated on 12 February 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Name : HORAE
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HORAI
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