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THE LESSER GODS OF OLYMPUS • Eros • Hebe • Iris • The Graces • The Muses
EROS (CUPID) • Greek god of love and sexual desire • An attendant of Aphrodite • Usually depicted as a young winged boy, with his bow and arrows at the ready, often represented as blindfolded • Two types of arrows: • golden with dove feathers which aroused love • leaden arrows which had owl feathers that caused indifference
HEBE (JUVENTAS) • Hebe is the goddess of youth, and the daughter of Zeus and Hera. • The cup-bearer of gods • Hebe also prepared Ares' bath, and helped Hera to her chariot • Hercules married her • Portrayed as a young woman, wearing a sleeveless dress
IRIS • Goddess of the Rainbow • A messenger of the gods • Brought messages from Gods, especially Hera to humans • Portrayed as a young woman with wings • Her attributes are a herald's staff and a water pitcher
THE GRACES • goddesses who bestowed beauty and charm and who were themselves the embodiment of both • constant attendants of Aphrodite • Euphrosyne (mirth) Thalia (good cheer) Aglaea (splendor)
THE MUSES • Nine goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences • Clio – history • Urania – astronomy • Melpomene – tragedy • Thalia – comedy • Terpsichore – dance • Calliope – epic poetry • Erato – love poetry • Polyhymnia – divine songs • Euterpe – lyric poetry