Eirene was the personification of peace in Greek mythology, and belonged to the Horae, goddesses of seasons and time. She was the daughter of the gods Zeus and Themis, and was depicted as a young lady carrying a cornucopia, a torch and a sceptre. The Athenians had a high regard for Eirene and had erected altars in her honour. There was also a statue that was erected in the Agora of Athens after a naval victory against the Spartans. The original statue was destroyed, but there is a surviving copy; it shows Eirene holding the god of plenty, Pluto, on her left arm, while her missing right arm once held a sceptre. The statue symbolised that prosperity (Pluto) arrives when there is peace.
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