Charites or Graces, were three goddesses of grace, beauty, adornment, joy, mirth, festivity, dance and song.

Residence: Mount Olympus
Parents: Zeus and Eurynome 

Les Trois Grâces, sculpture by James Pradier, 1831. Louvre.

A number of younger Charites presided over the other pleasures of life including play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest and relaxation.

The Graces in a 1st-century fresco at Pompeii.

The Charites were attendants of the goddesses Aphrodite and Hera. One named Charis was the wife of Hephaestus and another, Pasithea, was married to Hypnus, the god of sleep.




Marble Statue Group of the Three Graces, 2nd c. AD. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Antonio Canova’s The Three Graces sisters. (c) Makthorpe

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