Harmonia was the goddess of harmony and concord.

Residence: Elysium
Parents: Ares and Aphrodite
Siblings: ErosPhobusDeimus, Adrestia and Anterus
Consort: Cadmus
Children: Ino, Polydorus, Autonoë, Agave, Semele and Illyrius
Roman equivalent: Concordia

Harmonia, Cadmus and the Dragon. Paestan red-figure krater, 4th c. BC. The Louvre. (c) theoi.com

She was a daughter of Ares and Aphrodite and as such presided over both marital harmony, soothing strife and discord, and harmonious action of soldiers in war. Late Greek and Roman writers sometimes portrayed her as harmony in a more abstract sense, a deity who presided over cosmic balance.

Harmonia was born of Aphrodite‘s adulterous affair with the god Ares. She was awarded to Cadmus, hero and founder of Thebes, in a wedding attended by the gods. Hephaestus, however, was still angry over his wife’s betrayal and presented Harmonia with a cursed necklace, dooming her descendants to endless tragedy.

Following a string of family catastrophes the couple emigrated to Illyria where they battled various local tribes to found a new kingdom. Later the pair were transformed into serpents by the gods and carried off the Islands of the Blessed to live in peace.

Eudaemonia, Harmonia and Paedia. Athenian red-figure hydria, 5th c. BC. National Archaeological Museum of Florence. (c) theoi.com
Related image
Harmonia atop the King Wilhelm Jubilee Column Stuttgart, Germany.

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