Greek mythology: the myth of the Three Graces

Greek mythology: the myth of the Three Graces

Anyone who has read a book on ancient Greek mythology and legends or even studied history in school or high school will surely remember, even vaguely, the three graces, who we are going to talk about in this post.

They were three goddesses daughters of Zeus and the nymph Eurinome, who in turn was the daughter of the famous Titan Ocean. The name of the Three Graces were Eufrosine, Talia and Áglae, although the latter was also named by many historians as Aglaya. They were the goddesses of spell, joy and beauty.

Since many people have spoken about these three characters since ancient times, it is not possible to affirm which was the exact quality of each one of themBut it is known that in addition to being goddesses, each one had a special characteristic such as joviality, good taste or splendor, among other things, although it could not be said exactly what corresponds to each one.

They were in charge of presiding over all those events in which pleasure was the main ingredient like good meals and banquets or dance shows, among many others. They were capable of bringing as much joy as possible to gods and mortals alike, but they also provided eloquence and wisdom. For this reason it was said that those mortals who were blessed by one of these three Graces, would become a great orator, philosopher, artist, etc.

They were one of the most common companies of the Olympian gods, especially from the goddess Aphrodite and the god Eros. They always keep a close relationship with the muses, with whom they used to amuse themselves to the sound of the music that Apollo played, having great parties on Olympus, something to the liking of all the gods. They were so funny that they were always highly appreciated by gods and humans alike.

They were young and very beautiful although they never boasted of being so. They were modest and even used to have their hair badly tied since they spent much of their time dancing and having fun. They used to be dressed in a tunic, although in many other representations they also appeared completely naked.

One of the most striking characteristics of the Three Graces is that they are always represented together and never separately, something comparable with other cultures of the world where there is a representation of a triple goddess, although they are not related to each other other than this triad.

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