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Temples The main sanctuary to Nemesis is at Rhamnous inAttica, which is said to have been built between 438 and 431 B.C. The architect was the so-called Theseum architect. Rhamnous is in a remote part of Attica about 39 kilometres north east ofAthensand 12.4 kilometres north-north-east of Marathon overlooking theEuboeanStrait.  Rhamnous was strategically significant enough […]

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There was a political aspect to the figure of Goddess Nemesis; that she was also used as an avenger of political enemies, notably the Persian invaders.  The cult statue by the Greek sculptor Pheidia described above was made out of a block of Parian marble brought toMarathonby the Persians, who had planned to use it […]

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Orphic Hymn 61: Hymn to Nemesis There is a Hymn to Goddess Nemesis, known as Orphic Hymn 61 from a collection of Greek hymns from 3rd century B.C. to 2nd century A.D. Thee, Nemesis, I call, almighty queen, by whom the deeds of mortal life are seen; eternal, much revered, of boundless sight, alone rejoicing […]

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The story of Narcissus A famous example of the retribution of Nemesis is the story of Narcissus.  This man was the beautiful son of the River Cephissus and the nymph Liriope.  He was so handsome that all women who beheld him at once fell in love with him but he rejected them.  The vain Narcissus, […]

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In early representations of Goddess Nemesis she is portrayed without wings, but later she is usually shown as a winged goddess. One of the most important descriptions of Goddess Nemesis was made in Pausanias’s ‘Description of Greece’, a 2nd century travelogue in which he described a statue of Goddess Nemesis made out of a block […]

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