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The myths and legends surrounding Themis, the Titan goddess of justice and order   

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Themis for kids
Discover the myths surrounding Themis, the Titan goddess of justice and order. The Titans were members of a mythological race of giants who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus and the Olympian gods during the battle of the gods called the Titanomachy. Themis was the daughter of Gaia (Earth) and
Uranus (Heaven) from the very first dynasty of ancient Greek gods.  Additional facts and information about the mythology of individual Greek gods and goddesses can be accessed via the following links:

 

Who was Themis?
Themis was the Titan goddess of justice and order and one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The female Titans were called the Titanides. The Titans were the descendents of the first  gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The first 12 Titans, that included Themis were a race of powerful, giant gods from the union of the primordial deities Gaia and Uranus. Themis was the lover of Zeus and from their union they produced the Horae and the Fates. The legend and myth about Themis, the Titan goddess of justice and order has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World of Greece and the study of the Greek classics.

Picture of Themis and Zeus

Picture of Themis and Zeus

Facts about Themis
Themis features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but were of gigantic proportions and possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Themis:

 

Themis Profile & Fact File

Name: Themis
Role & Function: The function of Themis is described as being the Titan goddess of justice and order
Status: A principle goddess in the first dynasty of Titans
Gender: Female
Name of Consort: Zeus
Name of Father: Uranus
Name of Mother: Gaia
Names of Brothers (Titans): Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus
Names of Sisters (Titanides): Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe and Rhea
Names of Children: The Horae and the Fates

The Children of Themis and Zeus
The children of Themis and Zeus were collectively known as the Horae and the Fates. The Horae were goddesses of law and order, their names were Eunomia (Lawfulness), Dike (Justice), and Eirene (Peace). The Three Fates were the goddesses of destiny, the weavers of fate. The names of the Three Fates were Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.

 

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Facts about Themis in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Themis, the Titan goddess of justice and order. The facts about her provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about Themis in Greek Mythology, stories and legends.

Mythical Facts about Themis

Fact 1: Themis took the side of the Olympians in the War of the Titans
 
Fact 2: She is the personification of the order of things established by law, custom, and equity
 
Fact 3: The Roman counterpart of the goddess was Justitia
 
Fact 4: She had the gift of prophecy and was associated with the Oracles of Delphi over which she presided with the god Apollo
 
Fact 5: She established codes of conduct in relation to the offerings to the gods
 
Fact 6: She was both a lover and counsellor to Zeus and was depicted as sitting close to Zeus advising on laws
 
Fact 7: She was the first to instruct mortals in the laws of justice and morality
 
Fact 8: She was also the goddess of important assemblies and councils in which kings of nations would hear petitions
 
Fact 9: Themis is often represented on coins with a horn of plenty and a pair of scales
 
Fact 10: She was a kind goddess and when she was disregarded it was the goddess Nemesis who issued just retribution. She was also friendly to Hera and sympathized with her when Zeus was unfaithful
 

The Imprisonment of Themis and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth Uranus, the father of Themis and the other Titans, was terrified of the massive size and strength of his gigantic children and to prevent them rebelling against him, Uranus seized them immediately after their birth and hurled them down into a dark abyss called Tartarus, where he kept his Titan children in chains.

The giant race of Titans

The race of giant Titans, imprisoned by their father Uranus

Their mother, Gaia, helped them to escape and, led by Cronus, they overthrew their father and took power as the Titan gods. Cronus was no better than his father which led to the War of the Titans.

The Titanomachy in Greek Mythology
The Battle of the Titans, called the Titanomachy, was  a 10 year war and power struggle that was fought between the Titans and the gods and goddesses who would become known as the Olympians. In ancient Greek mythology Mount Othrys was the base of the Titans during the Battle of the Titans and Mount Olympus was the base of the Olympian gods and goddesses led by Zeus. Mnemosyne, Themis, Oceanus, and Hyperion choose to join the Olympians.

 

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The Family of Themis - The Titans Family Tree and Genealogy
The family members and genealogy of Themis can be established via the Titan gods family tree, providing an instant overview of the relationships between the major Titan gods and goddesses and their children. The Titans Family Tree is a 'who's who' of the family connections, genealogy and relationships between the main characters who feature in the mythology of the Titans.

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Themis - The Titan Gods Family Tree

 

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