Quick facts for kidsNemesis
|Goddess of retribution|
Nemesis, by Alfred Rethel (1837)
|Other names||Rhamnousia/ Rhamnusia|
|Symbol||Sword, lash, dagger, measuring rod, scales, bridle|
|Offspring||Helen of Troy, the Telchines|
|Parents||Nyx with no father or with Erebus, Oceanus or Zeus|
|Siblings||Achlys, Apate (deity), Dolos (mythology), Eleos, Elpis, Epiphron, Eris, Geras, Hesperides, Hybris (mythology), Hypnos, Ker, Moirai, Momus, Moros, Oizys, Oneiroi, Philotes, Sophrosyne, Thanatos, or the Oceanides, the Potamoi|
Nemesis (in Greek, Νέμεσις) is the Greek goddess of giving people what they deserve (revenge and retribution against arrogance) and Balance of luck. Nemesis also has wings and is the daughter of Chiron. She has a balance or scale, which she uses to make sure that every person gets the same amount of good and luck.
The Ancient Greek made different meanings for what they called "justice":
- Nemesis (as a goddess who gives to each what they deserve)
- Dike (to be in charge of what we would call civil law today)
- Dikaiosyne ("a just state," where the word justice comes from, meaning that everything is fair in their country)
- Nomos (a law made by the government)
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