Pandia

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In Greek mythology, the goddess Pandia (Πανδία) or Pandeia (Πανδεία), meaning all divine, was another personification of brightness and a daughter of Zeus and Selene. Many have argued that she could be a goddess of either the full moon or the sun. Pandia was often said to be a goddess of beauty and youth, being confused with Hebe as Selene herself was sometimes confused with Hebe's mother Hera. Her beauty was renowned among the gods.[1]

She also had a monster as a brother, the Nemean Lion, and fifty half-sisters, the Menae. Her full sisters could be Herse and Nemea (also called daughters of Zeus and Selene in some sources[2][3]), but it is highly possible that Herse, Pandia and Nemea are the same goddess using different names, each one deriving from a different myth about the same goddess.

References

  1. ^ Homeric Hymn 32 to Selene, 15-16
  2. ^ Alcman, Fragment 57
  3. ^ Scholia on Pindar's Nemean Ode

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