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Horae, known as Hours or Seasons, were three daughters, the first offspring, of Zeus and Themis. Hesiod called them Eunomia, Dice, and Eirene, Order, Peace, and Justice. However, the Athenians knew them as Thailo, Auso, and Carpo, names evoking the principle stages of growth: the sprouting of the plant, its growth, and its fructification.

The functions of the Horae remain uncomplicated until the societies became more urbanized. Then the agricultural functions was not as important pertaining to city life and other deities took over or shared certain functions thus resulting in the separating and increasing of cults. A.G.H.


Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 110

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