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Aglaea (center), as depicted in Antonio Canova’s sculpture, The Three Graces.

Aglaea (/əˈɡlə/) or Aglaïa (/əˈɡlə/; Ancient Greek: Ἀγλαΐα, lit.'festive radiance'[1]) is one of the three Charites or Gratiae (Graces) in Greek mythology.[2]


According to Hesiod, Aglaea is the youngest of the Charites,[3] the three daughters of Zeus and the Oceanid Eurynome.[4] The mythographer Apollodorus, in contrast, calls them the children of Zeus by Eunomia, the goddess of good order and lawful conduct.

Aglaea's two sisters are Euphrosyne, the goddess of joy or mirth, and Thalia, the goddess of festivity and rich banquets.[5] Together they are known as the Charites in Greek mythology or the Gratiae (Graces) in Roman mythology, and they were responsible for overseeing all feasts and dances.[6] They were part of the retinue of Aphrodite with Aglaea sometimes acting as her messenger.[7]

Aglaea was married to Hephaestus, typically seen as after his divorce from Aphrodite, and by him she became mother of Eucleia ("Good Repute"), Eupheme ("Acclaim"), Euthenia ("Prosperity"), and Philophrosyne ("Welcome").[8]



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