18 Facts About Nemesis


Name Nemesis is related to the Greek word ?eµe?? nemein, meaning "to give what is due", from Proto-Indo-European nem- "distribute".

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Nemesis appears in a still more concrete form in a fragment of the epic Cypria.

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Nemesis is implacable justice: that of Zeus in the Olympian scheme of things, although it is clear she existed prior to him, as her images look similar to several other goddesses, such as Cybele, Rhea, Demeter, and Artemis.

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Nemesis is portrayed as a winged goddess wielding a whip or a dagger.

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In early times the representations of Nemesis resembled Aphrodite, who sometimes bears the epithet Nemesis.

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Later, Nemesis came to suggest the resentment caused by any disturbance of this right proportion, the sense of justice that could not allow it to pass unpunished.

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Nemesis was sometimes called Adrasteia, probably meaning "one from whom there is no escape"; her epithet Erinys is specially applied to Demeter and the Phrygian mother goddess, Cybele.

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Nemesis has been described as the daughter of Oceanus, Erebus, or Zeus, but according to Hyginus she was a child of Erebus and Nyx.

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Nemesis has been described, by Hesiod, as the daughter of Nyx alone.

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In several traditions, Nemesis was seen as the mother of Helen of Troy by Zeus, adopted and raised by Leda and Tyndareus.

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One source of the myth says that Nemesis was the mother of the Telchines by Tartaros, who others say were children of Pontus and Gaea or Thalassa.

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In some traditions, Nemesis is the mother of Helen of Troy, rather than the mortal queen Leda.

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Zeus fell in love with Nemesis, here presented as his daughter, and pursued her, only for her to flee in shame.

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Nemesis took several forms to escape Zeus, but he eventually captured her.

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Nemesis promised to the goddess that Aura would have her punishment, and that the punishment would be to lose the virginity she took such pride in.

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Nemesis then contacted Eros, the god of love, and he struck Dionysus with one of his arrows.

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Nemesis was one of several tutelary deities of the drill-ground.

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Nemesis is shown on a few examples of Imperial coinage as Nemesis-Pax, mainly under Claudius and Hadrian.

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