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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 123, Themis and Dike Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 123, Themis and Dike Summary and Analysis

Both Themis and Dike are Justice. Themis is Gaia's daughter. She holds the Scales of Justice and was once known as Metis, and was the first bride of Zeus. He tired of her wisdom and good counsel so he swallowed her. She is now known as Themis and is briefly spoken of as Zeus's second wife, but the Greeks eventually abandon this idea recognizing that her strength and independent voice are not good qualities in an Achaean wife.

Themis is credited with giving birth to the Horae, the Seasons: Eunomia, Eirene, and Dike. It is also said that she (not Nikta) who gave birth to the Fates. Themis sits on Mount Olympus and announces the meetings of the deities. She acts as a mediator for discussions and the deities listen to her wisdom. Some say...

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