"Let us be merry and drink wine and sing of Bakkhos (Bacchus) . : ", Pindar, Eulogies Fragment 123 (trans. 54 ff (trans. Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) Theoi Project © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Aaron J. Atsma, Netherlands & New Zealand, (Hesiod Theogony 907, Onomacritus Frag, Apollodorus 1.13, Callimachus Aetia Frag 6, Pausanias 9.35.1, Hyginus Preface), (Antimachus Frag, Pausanias 9.35.1, Suidas 'Aigles Kharites'), (Colluthus 88 & 174, Nonnus Dionysiaca 31.103), (Hesiod Theogony 907, Pindar Olympian Ode 14, Apollodorus 1.13, Orphic Hymn 60, Pausanias 9.35.1), (Homer Iliad 14.231, Pausanias 9.35.1, Statius Thebaid 2.285, Nonnus Dionysiaca 15.87). Homer (he too refers to the Kharites) makes one the wife of Hephaistos (Hephaestus), giving her the name Kharis (Charis). Walsh) (Roman novel C2nd A.D.) : Nonnus, Dionysiaca 31. 231 ff (trans. Walsh) (Roman novel C2nd A.D.) : Homeric Hymn 27 to Artemis 14 ff (trans. "[At the festivities on Olympos :] The rich-tressed Kharites (Charites, Graces) and cheerful Horai (Horae, Seasons) dance with Harmonia (Harmony) and Hebe (Youth) and Aphrodite, daughter of Zeus, holding each other by the wrist. Trypanis) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) [2.1] HELIOS & AIGLE (Antimachus Frag, Pausanias 9.35.1, Suidas 'Aigles Kharites') Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) viii. They clothed her with heavenly garments: on her head they put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichale and precious gold, and adorned her with golden necklaces over her soft neck and snow-white breats, jewels the gold-filleted Horai wear themselves whenever they go to their father's house to join the lovely dances of the gods. ", Bacchylides, Fragment 19 (trans. Eratones the god of happiness and literature in Greek

"Let us be merry and drink wine and sing of Bakkhos (Bacchus) [Dionysos], the inventor of the choral dance, the lover of all songs, leading the same life as the Erotes (Loves), the darling of Kythere (Cytherea) [Aphrodite]; thanks to him Methe (Drunkenness) was brought forth, the Kharis (Charis, Grace) was born, Lupa (Pain) takes rest and Ania (Trouble) goes to sleep. ", Suidas s.v.

8 ff (trans.

Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) : : The Anacreontea, Fragment 5 (trans. During his reign the kingdom prospered unlike in any other. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) Ol. According to the Odyssey, on the other hand, Aphrodite was the wife of Hephaestus, from which we may infer, if not the identity of Aphrodite and Charis, at least a close connexion and resemblance in the notions entertained about the two divinities. 5 ff (trans.


Again, at Athens, before the entrance to the Akropolis (Acropolis), the Kharites are three in number . ", Ibycus, Fragment 284 (trans.

"The Mousai (Muses) tied Eros (Love) with garlands and handed him over to [the Charis] Kalleis (Calleis, Beauty). . O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.)

"Hail holy Kharites (Charites, Graces), companions of the Moisai (Muses), enthroned in splendour. : ", Theognis, Fragment 1. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) "[The Kharites (Charites)] the dancing maidens of Orkhomenos (Orchomenus), handmaids of the Paphian [Aphrodite], drew from the horsehoof fountain of imagination [Hippokrene (Hippocrene)], dear to the nine Mousai (Muses). Moreover, they are aware that he established three as the number of the Kharites, but they have no tradition of the names he gave them. Greek Lyric I) (C6th B.C.) 11 ff (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) "Far were the Kharites (Charites, Graces) when the mother [Nephele] bore--ne'er such a mother, never such a son--her babe of monstrous breed [i.e. 1 (trans. There was equality and happiness among all. 35. . Campbell, Vol.

Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) Campbell, Vol.

"Whose haunts are by Kephissos' (Cephisus') river, you queens beloved of poets' song, ruling Orkhomenos (Orchomenus), that sunlit city and land of lovely steeds, watch and ward of the ancient Minyan race, hear now my prayer, you Kharites (Charites, Graces) three. 15.

Carm. Walsh) (Roman novel C2nd A.D.) : Nonnus, Dionysiaca 3. "Out of the sea was rising lovely-crowned Kypris (Cypris) [Aphrodite] . 35. . : Theog. "[The Kharites (Charites)] drew from the horsehoof fountain of imagination [Hippokrene (Hippocrene)], dear to the nine Mousai (Muses). Nor even can the immortal gods order at their behest the dance and festals, lacking the Kharites' aid; who are the steward of all rites of heaven, whose thrones are set at Pytho beside Apollon of the golden bow, and who with everlasting honour praise the Father, lord of great Olympos. Campbell, Vol. . Campbell, Vol. . ", The Anacreontea, Fragment 38 (trans. Euphrosyne, lover of song, and Aglaia (Aglaea) revered, daughters of Zeus the all-highest, hearken, and with Thalia, darling of harmony, look on our songs of revel, on light feet stepping to grace this happy hour . "Those who came first [in the chariot-race], driving the twelve-lap course, on whom the divine grace of Kharis (Charis, Beauty) has shed the dewdrops of her fame most fair. She was one of three Kharites, the other two being Aglaia and Euphrosyne. : and bestowed tender beauty. ", Homeric Hymn 5 to Aphrodite 58 ff (trans. For official Godchecker merch please visit our God Shop where a wide range of items are available to buy. Greek Lyric I) (C6th B.C.) ", Suidas s.v. to 2nd A.D.) : Pseudo-Hyginus, Preface (trans. . (Comp. Trypanis) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) agrees with this account.

", Pindar, Olympian Ode 6. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Pindar, Nemean Ode 4. the victor's chaplet]. [Artemis] leads the dances, gracefully arrayed, while all they utter their heavenly voice, singing. Campbell, Vol. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply. "There [on Olympos] are their [the Muses'] bright dancing-places and beautiful homes, and beside them the Kharites (Charites, Graces) and Himeros (Desire) live in delight. an athlete, given beauty of form]. : The Anacreontea, Fragment 35 (trans. 456 ff : Helios is also from Aigle (Aegle), since, it seems, the Kharites are radiant [i.e. Gerber, Vol. "Among lovely buds of roses, Kharis (Charis, Grace), you nurtured him [a beautiful youth] about the temple of Aphrodite. BBCODE: To link to this page in a forum post or comment box, just copy and paste the link code below: Here's the info you need to cite this page. 45 ff : Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Suidas s.v. "[At the birth of Aphrodite] danced the Kharites (Charites, Graces) lovely-tressed. EUPHROSYNE The Kharis goddess of good cheer, joy, mirth and merriment. ", Statius, Silvae 1. ", Homeric Hymn 3 to Pythian Apollo 186 ff (trans. Thelxinoe Facts and Figures. : Colluthus, Rape of Helen 88 ff (trans. "A purple robe which the divine Kharites (Charites, Graces) had made with their own hands for Dionysos in sea-girt Dia. Popularity index: 1041. "[Pasithea] one of the swiftshoe Kharites (Charites, Graces) was gathering the shoots of the fragrant reeds in the Erythraian garden, in order to mix the flowing juice of Assyrian oil with Indian flowers in the steaming cauldrons of Paphos, and make ointment [or perfume] for her Lady [Aphrodite]. ", Pindar, Pythian Ode 5. : Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 4. ", Orphic Hymn 60 to the Charites (trans. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.) the Kentauroi (Centaurs)]. Campbell, Vol. . Greek Lyric IV) (C5th B.C.) They lend their grace and beauty to everything that delights and elevates gods and men. Helios (the Sun) is also from Aigle (Aegle), since, it seems, the Kharites are radiant [i.e. "Out of the sea was rising lovely-crowned Kypris (Cypris) [Aphrodite], foam-blossoms still upon her hair; and round her hovered smiling witchingly Himeros (Desire), and danced the Kharites (Charites, Graces) lovely-tressed.

11 ff (trans. . 5 ff (trans. whose thrones are set at Pytho beside Apollon of the golden bow, and who with everlasting praise [song] worship the Father, lord of great Olympos. . Gerber, Vol. [4.1] DIONYSOS (Anacreontea Frag 38) the beautifying of each part of the body with an eye to making it more comely and pleasing to the gaze.

35. It is the breath of the gods and the joy of mortals, the glory of the Kharites (Charites, Graces) in spring-time, the delight of the Erotes (Loves) with their rich garlands and of Aphrodite; it is a subject for poetry and the graceful plant of the Mousai (Muses).

Campbell, Vol. ", Pindar, Pythian Ode 9.

212 ff : in fin.) This is evident from the large number of narratives that explicitly detail the Greek religious lores. "[Artemis] goes to the great house of her dear brother Phoibos Apollon (Phoebus Apollo), to the rich land of Delphoi (Delphi), there to order the lovely dance of the Mousai (Muses) and Kharites (Charites, Graces).

Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : Bacchylides, Fragment 10 (trans.

"Blushing anemone [i.e. . "[At Paphos were] Adonis and Kythereia (Cytherea) [Aphrodite]. 263 ff (trans.

Greek Lyric III) (C6th B.C.) Greek Lyric I) (C6th B.C.) [5.1] PEITHO (Hermeseniax Frag, Pausanias 9.35.1) 428 ff (trans. ", Bacchylides, Fragment 10 (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) HEGEMONE A Kharis worshipped at Athens along with Auxo and Damia. ", The Anacreontea, Fragment 35 (trans. Greek Lyric V) (B.C.) Campbell, Vol. Campbell, Vol. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or 7th B.C.)

"Sea-set Kypros (Cyprus) . 364, xviii. ", Pindar, Olympian Ode 2. ", Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 5.

", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 33. "Alkaios (Alcaeus) . "Elpis (Hope) is the only good god remaining among mankind; the others have left and gone to Olympos. disagrees with his predecessors in that he makes Peitho (Persuasion) one of the Kharites. Greek Lyric II) (C5th B.C.) ", Pausanias, Description of Greece 6. The Kharites (Charites) were goddesses of beauty and adornment. : Pindar, Nemean Ode 5. ", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 3. ", Homeric Hymn 5 to Aphrodite 94 ff (trans. 24. 285 ff (trans.

", Homeric Hymn 27 to Artemis 14 ff :

KALLEIS (Calleis) The Kharis goddess of beauty. The three Kharites were depicted in classical art as naked women, holding hands and dancing in a circle. The rose and the myrtle are sacred to Aphrodite and connected with the story of Adonis, while the Kharites (Charites, Graces) are of all deities the nearest related to Aphrodite. festivals] . While she plucked all manner of dew-wet plants she gazed all around the place.

iii. ", Apuleius, The Golden Ass 6. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) deals with the mid-wifery of the Kharites (Charites, Graces) and the nursing of the Horai (Horae, Seasons). : Theognis, Fragment 1. She was sometimes numbered amongst the Kharites. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : . O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.) 4 ff : § 8, ii. "Anthemidon (on blossoms) : ‘And Artemis, let the running Kharites (Charites, Graces) tread this grove, their light sandals on the blossoms.’ Meaning flowers.’", Hesiod, Theogony 53 ff (trans. Usually you’ll have gods of things that can make you happy, like the god of wine, party, love, sex. (Paus. i. THE KHARITES (Charites) or Graces, were three goddesses of grace, beauty, adornment, joy, mirth, festivity, dance and song.

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