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In Greek mythology Eucleia (or Eukleia) was the female spirit of glory and good repute. She was the sister of Eupheme, Philophrosyne and Euthenia. Along with her sisters, she was regarded as a member of the younger Charites. In Greek vase paintings, Eucleia is frequently shown among the attendants of Aphrodite where she represents the good repute of a chaste bride.

She had a sanctuary in Athens, which was dedicated to her in honor of those who fought in the Marathon battle.[1] She was at time identified with Artemis. She was mentioned by ancient Greek authors such as Bacchylides (Fragment 113) and Plutarch (Life of Aristides).

According to the Orphic rhapsody fragments, Eucleia's parents were Hephaestus and Aglaea. However, Plutarch stated that her parents were Heracles and Myrto, that she died a virgin and came to be venerated as a goddess[2][3] She was worshipped in Locris, Boeotia and Macedonia.[4]

Notes

  1. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1. 14. 4
  2. Plutarch, Aristides, 20. 6
  3. Theoi Project - Eukleia
  4. Borza, p. 192

References

  • Borza, Eugene, In the Shadow of Olympus: The Emergence of Macedon, Princeton University Press, 1992. ISBN 0691055491.
  • Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873). "Eucleia"
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