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Dike at a Glance
name | Dike (Dikh
role | goddess of justiceDike in Greek Mythology
The Greek goddess Dike was the personification of justice. Dike is briefly mentioned in Hesiod's Theogony
(this is a poem that describes the birth of the gods and goddesses). In the Theogony
, Dike - or Justice - is identified as the daughter of Zeus
"His second wife was radiant Themis; she bore the Seasons,
Lawfulness and Justice and blooming Peace,
who watch over the works of mortal men,
and also the Fates, to whom wise Zeus allotted high honors."
(Hesiod, Theogony, 901-4)
And although the goddess of justice was in many respects more important in literature than religion, she still played a significant role in the lives of the ancient Greeks. It is suggested in some sources that Dike was instrumental in punishing wrong doers and rewarding those who did good deeds.
Dike's Roman counterpart was named Iustitia.
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