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Charites

Greek goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, and fertility
Mosaic from Pompei showing the Charites
The Three Graces is a painting by Raphael, early 16th century.
Relief on a temple in Afrodisias, modern-day Turkey.

The Charites (/ˈkærɪtz/; Greek: Χάριτες, Khárites; sing. Χάρις), also known as the Graces, are three minor goddesses of charm, beauty, grace and splendor in Greek mythology. They were the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, and served as handmaidens of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. In Roman mythology they are known as the Gratiae (the “Graces”). They are often shown in sculptures and mosaics as three naked women, holding hands and dancing in a circle.[1] Their names are Euphrosyne ("the light-hearted one"), Thalia ("the flowering one"), and Aglaia ("the shining one").

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  1. "Charites : The Graces, Goddesses of Pleasure and Joy". theoi.com. 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.