Euphrosyne in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
[CHARITES.] - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and
mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Euphrosyne in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology, Euphrosyne (Εὐφροσύνη; (English
pronunciation: /juːˈfrɒzɨniː/) was one of the Charites,
known in English also as the "Three Graces". Her best
remembered representation in English is in Milton's poem of
the active, joyful life, "L'Allegro". She is also the
Goddess of Joy, a daughter of Zeus and Eurynome, and the
incarnation of grace and beauty. Also known as the goddess
of Mirth. The other two Charites are Thalia (Good Cheer) and
Aglaea (Beauty or Splendor).
She can be seen along with the other two Graces at the left
of the painting in Botticelli's Primavera.
The asteroid 31 Euphrosyne is named after the goddess. In
Modern Greek, the name is usually transcribed as Effrosini.
The Graces(Charites) were three lovely goddesses of Joy,
Charm and Beauty
According to a myth, the Charites were daughters of King
Zeus and the Oceanid Eurynome.
There were three Charites in Greek Mythology: Aglaia, the
Grace that symbolized Beauty, Euphrosyne, the Grace of
Delight and Thalia, the Grace of Blossom. According to Greek
poet Pindar, these enchanting goddesses were created to fill
the world with pleasant moments and goodwill.
Usually the Graces were attending the Greek goddess of
Beauty Aphrodite and her companion Eros and loved dancing
around in a circle to Apollo's divine music, together with
the Nymphs and the Muses.
The Roman name of Charites is "Graces" - Wikipedia