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Olivia Wlide as Nemesis

Goddess of revenge, balance, righteous indignation, and retribution.

Nemesis was the Greek Goddess of divine justice and retribution. She keeps happiness and unhappiness balanced among the mortals. She sees that justice is served for those who have acquired things in a malicious way.

There are many different theories on the origins of Nemesis; one of them described her as the offspring of either Oceanus or Zeus, but according to the Greek poet Hesiod (750-650 BC), Nemesis was supposedly the child of Erebus (The Darkness) and Nyx (The Night/ Shadow), while others believed that Nemesis was given life from Nyx alone. It is said that Nemesis was the mother of Helen of Troy. In this story it is said that Nemesis was forced to lie with, Zeus, though she did not want this and fled across the sea. Zeus pursued her and she transformed into a fish but this still did not slow him down. Nemesis then fled over the land turning into many different creatures, still Zeus followed. Finally she turned into a goose and Zeus turned into a swan. He then forced himself upon her. After this union Nemesis laid an egg which she kept in a box and when it hatched, Helen of Troy emerged and Nemesis claimed her as her own. In the tale of Narcissus, Nemesis is invoked by the nymph Echo to seek vengeance. Narcissus was known to be a quite handsome man, also quite vain. Everyone that laid eyes upon him fell in love with him although he rejected them all. Echo fell in love with Narcissus and when he rejected her, she became so sad that she faded away. But before she did she called on Nemesis for vengeance. Nemesis saw what happened to her and punished Narcissus by making him fall in love with his own reflection. He was condemned to stare at himself in the reflection of water in a pool for the rest of his days. There he wasted away, died and was transformed into the flower, Narcissus.

Nemesis is portrayed as a winged goddess with a sword in her hand. She is associated with the apple branch, whip and with balance. She is sometimes referred to as Nemesis Rhamnusia which stems from her cult following at Rhamnus in Attica. There was a temple sanctuary there in her honor. She is said to be mother to four of the Telkhines - Aktaios, Megalesios, Lykos and Ormenos, which were metalworker/sea daimones. They are known as mysterious magicians who crafted magical tools for the Gods. Their father was Tartaros who is the spirit of the great pit in the underworld.

She is associated with the Moriai (Fates) and the Erinyes (Furies), all of these are deities dealing with mortal fate and emotion. Nemesis also brings about loss or suffering in those she feels have been experiencing too much good fortune. This brings balance into ones life and humbles us as well. The cycle of good and bad must continue in our lives to ensure that the correct lessons are taught. Nemesis sees to it that this gets done.


Fair - She is known as a fair goddess, but can often seem cold and cruel.

Honourable - She has a strong sense of honour and always pays her debts.

Sacred Symbols and Animals

Wings - Most often she is shown as a winged Goddess though earlier representations show her without wings.

Sword - Goddess Nemesis was one of the few goddesses seen to carry a sword, a steering wheel or whip, all of which were usually masculine in influence. The fact that Nemesis carried a sword is significant, as few gods or goddesses were seen to carry one as it was a highly respected symbol of power.

Griffins - She is sometimes pictured as riding in a chariot drawn by Griffins, these animals were very solar in nature, again reflecting the masculine and symbolising the integration of dark and light.

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Greek Mythology Wikia/Nemesis
Camp Half blood Wiki/Nemesis

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