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The Graces are the daughters of Zeus (the King of the gods) and Oceanid Eurynome. They are also referred to as The Kharites (Charities). There are three Graces. Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia. They are are well known for singing and dancing for the gods. It has been told that the three Graces have received these designations from the Greeks during the archaic and classical periods. That’s when they were commonly known as the Three Charities. This name was later Latinized by the Romans. They were occupied by the Greek regions which they worshiped. This led to the designation by which the western civilization knows them today as the Three Graces. Not to mention, there is still some debate about their origin. The most known position is that Eteocles, who is the son of the Cephissus River or Andreus and Euippe were influences in the origin. And also worshiped the Graces. Originally the graces were only worshiped as three aniconic stones that were believed to have fallen from heaven. It had been thought out to be that the original stone worship could have resulted from an astrological phenomenon. Also, there have been a series of meteorites that were interpreted as a sign of the gods or goddesses falling from heaven and descending upon earth during the time of Eteocles. It is very uncommon for early connections such as these between astrological events and ancient mythologies. Most of our knowledge and understanding of their mythology and its development comes from the Greek poets and writers of the Classical and Hellenistic periods. While the dating of Homer’s work was not absolute, there is an acceptance among literary scholars that he was writing possibly as early as the 8th century B.C. Also aside from Homer, the greek poet Hesiod... ... middle of paper ... ...everal cults and images of the three Graces throughout the ancient world. He stated that in Athenian society, the graces were part of Hellenistic cult paired alongside Demos. Aristotle commented on the use of the three Graces in Athens as well. He remarked that the sanctuary of the Charities is placed in a prominent position so that those seeing it may be reminded to one another’s benefits. Greek mythology stated that the three Graces were seen as simple guardians of beauty of nature and only later as the friends of the protectors of everything graceful. Pindar has written about the Graces as a source of decoration, purity of happiness in life and good will. The Greeks believed that without gracefulness, all labor was frown upon and meaningless. Social intercourse, manners, and culture were their domain. They were frequently the subject of artists and poets alike.

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