Themis, is a Titaness and Goddess of Justice and Goddess of Law. She is a lover of Zeus and mother to Horae and Moirai.
Themis (/ˈθiːmɪs/; Ancient Greek: Θέμις) is an ancient Greek Titaness. She is described as "[the Lady] of good counsel", and is the personification of divine order, fairness, law, natural law, and custom. Her symbols are the Scales of Justice, tools used to remain balanced and pragmatic. Themis means "divine law" rather than human ordinance, literally "that which is put in place", from the Greek verb títhēmi (τίθημι), meaning "to put".
Themis occurred in Hesiod's Theogony as the first recorded appearance of Justice as a divine personage. Drawing not only on the socio-religious consciousness of his time but also on many of the earlier cult-religions, Hesiod described the forces of the universe as cosmic divinities. Hesiod portrayed temporal justice, Dike, as the daughter of Zeus and Themis.
Dike executed the law of judgments and sentencing and, together with her mother Themis, she carried out the final decisions of Moirai. For Hesiod, Justice is at the center of religious and moral life who, independently of Zeus, is the embodiment of divine will. This personification of Dike stands in contrast to justice viewed as custom or law and as retribution or sentence.
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After Titans were defeated they were banished to Tartarus. She did not aid the Titans but Zeus imprisoned her along with her sister Mnemosyne. Typhon mentions her and several other Titans who were banished to Tartarus. When Kratos freed the Titans, she did not aid them in the second Titanomachy.
Powers & Abilities
- Immortality: As a Titaness and Goddess, she is immortal. Only a sufficiently powerful weapon or an extremely powerful being can kill her.
- Divination: She can foresee a future and can see a the past of every being.
- Omniscience: Themis can see the past, the future and present of every creature.