Antoine Court de Gebelin-Themis & The Horae
‘Themis and the 3 Horae’.
Today’s sharing from the Blue House of HYGEIA is from Antoine Court de Gebelin’s ‘Monde Primitif’, tome IV-‘Histoire du Calendrier’, Paris_1776 and is about Themis and the 3 seasons of ancient Greece.
Notice for engraving V
‘The sculpture depicted in this engraving is a marble bust of Themis and Her three daughters, the Seasons, also called Horae, and with the distinctive names of Eunomis, Dice and Irene. Hesiod and Diodorus Siculus both tell us about their father Zeus and his love for their mother (Themis). Diodorus explains that the names are symbolic, as they mean: Order, Justice and Peace. Themis, the titaness, ‘lady of good counsel’, called ‘Carmenta‘ by the Romans, is the personification of divine order, fairness, law, natural law, and custom. She is often associated with the Moon, as the mother of the seasons.’