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(Greek Deity) HOURS

Also known as HORAE, HORAI

Daughters of Zeus and Themis, the Goddeses of harmony, justice and peace. They also looked after the seasons ensuring you couldn't have a suntan in January, May-bugs wouldn't get frost bite, Christmas didn't coincide with the arrival of spring lambs, and all that kind of thing.

Known as Eunomia (Harmony), Dike (Justice) and Eirene (Peace) they were half sisters of the Fates but nowhere near as unpleasant. Dyke sat at the left hand of Zeus and was trusted to sentence the guilty or aquit the innocent after grovelling hard-done-bys had pleaded their case. She punished judges guilty of taking bribes too, which i would imagine were plenty back in the day, so she had plenty of wallop.

The hours guarded Olympus and were bouncers on the gate of the sky, checking their list before deciding if you could come in or out. But i wonder if they were guilty of accepting bribes themselves when they opened the sky so Hera could zoom from Olympus and distract Zeus long enough to take his eye off the battle of Troy? Or maybe it was fear.

I don't know how badly Zeus took this, and i'll bet he wasn't pleased, but how can you stay angry at those who ensure farming prosperity?
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Parents : Zeus and Themis
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'HOURS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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