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The Three Graces: Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia

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The Three Graces, or Three Charities, of Greek mythology were Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia. They were the goddesses of joy, pleasure, grace, beauty, festivity, adornment, dance, and song. Daughters of Zeus and the sea-nymph Eurynome, they were also the attendants, or handmaidens, of Aphrodite and Hera and protectors of vegetation.

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AGLAIA

The name Aglaia (a-GLAY-a or a-GLIE-a) is from the Greek Aγλαια (Aglaia) and Latin Aglaea, meaning “splendor” and “glory.” The Aglaia of Greek mythology is also known as Charis, from the Greek Xαρις (Kharis) and Latin Charis, meaning “grace,” and she was the most beautiful of the Three Graces. Today Aglaia is used as a girl’s first name, albeit very rarely.

The Osmia aglaia is a bee,[1] and the Aglaia odorata is the Chinese rice flower.[1]

In numerology, people with the name Aglaia tend to be very organized, focused, and driven, however they’re also spontaneous and can be social butterflies.

EUPHROSYNE

Euphrosyne (yoo-FROS-uh-nee) comes from the Greek Eυφροσυνŋ (Euphrosynê) and Latin Euphrosyne, meaning “mirth,” “merriment.” It can also come from the Greek Eυθυμια (Euthymia) and Latin Euthymia “joy,” “contentment.”

Four Catholic saints are named Euphrosyne:

  • St. Euphrosyne, feast day January 1, became a nun without her father’s permission and dressed as a monk to hide from him.[1]
  • St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk, feast day May 23, became a nun at the age of 12. She was gifted at copying manuscripts, which enabled her to raise money for the poor. She died in Jerusalem.[1]
  • St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria, feast day September 25, was the daughter of a wealthy man. She ran away from her parents’ house on her wedding day, after cutting her hair and dressing like a man to avoid detection.[1]
  • St. Euphrosyne of Suzdal was a princess whose husband-to-be died on their wedding day, after which she entered a women’s monastery. Tradition holds that God foretold to her the Mongol-Tatar invasion of Russia. When, in 1238, the invasion happened, the vast Mongol-Tartar army destroyed Suzdal, burning everything to the ground except the monastery, which was saved by St. Euphrosyne’s prayers.[1]

In numerology, someone named Euphrosyne may be a very imaginative and idealistic seeker of spiritual truth.

THALIA

Thalia (THAYL-yah), from the Greek Θαλια Θαλεια (Thaleia) and Latin Thalia, means “rich banquet,” “festivity,” “flourishing.”

In 1932, Thalia was number 996 on the list of top 1000 most popular baby girl names in the United States. It reappeared in 1992, and has remained there:[1]

  • 1992 – 755
  • 1993 – 363
  • 1994 – 640
  • 1995 – 494
  • 1996 – 490
  • 1997 – 541
  • 1998 – 624
  • 1999 – 626
  • 2000 – 630
  • 2001 – 653
  • 2002 – 607
  • 2003 – 621
  • 2004 – 573
  • 2005 – 675
  • 2006 – 774

In numerology, a person named Thalia tends to be warm, caring, nurturing, and a natural peacemaker. She may also be determined, realistic, and reliable.

One can visit the town of Thalia in Texas, an in Virginia, there’s Thalia, Thalia Shores, Thalia Manor, Thalia Gardens, and Thalia Village.[1]

Variant forms of Thalia are: Talia, Talie, Talley, Tally, Thaleia, Thalie, Thalya



NOTES


Atsma, Aaron J.. "AGLAIA." Theoi Greek Mythology . Dec 2007. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.theoi.com/>.

Atsma, Aaron J.. "EUPHORSYNE." Theoi Greek Mythology . Dec 2007. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.theoi.com/>.

Atsma, Aaron J.. "THALIA." Theoi Greek Mythology . Dec 2007. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.theoi.com/>.

Campbell, Mike. "View Name: Aglaia." Behind the Name. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.behindthename.com/>.

Campbell, Mike. "View Name: Euphrosyne." Behind the Name. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.behindthename.com/>.

Campbell, Mike. "View Name: Thalia." Behind the Name. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.behindthename.com/>.

Cane, James. "Research Project: Pollination and the Development of Alternative Crop Pollinators ." USDA United States Department of Agriculture. 27 Apr 2008. <http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome/>.

Gruber, Brian and Rachel. "The meaning of Aglaia." BirthVillage.com. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.birthvillage.com/>.

Gruber, Brian and Rachel. "The meaning of Thalia." BirthVillage.com. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.birthvillage.com/>.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=aglaia&searchmode=none/>.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=thalia&searchmode=none/>.

Starr, Forest & Kim. "Aglaia odorata, Chinese rice flower, mei sui lan ." Plants of Hawaii. 13 Mar 2008. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/index.html/>.

"11 results for thalia ." Place Names.com. Buttle and Tuttle Ltd . 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.placenames.com/search/>.

"Aglaia." in2Greece.com. 25 Apr 2007. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.in2greece.com/english/>.

"Aglaia." MSN Encarta. Microsoft. 28 Apr 2008 <http://encarta.msn.com/>.

"Aglaia - Name Meaning and Origin." Think Baby Names. Thinkbabynames.com. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.thinkbabynames.com/>.

"Baby Name Aglaia." 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.babynamesmagic.com/>.

"Baby Name Thalia." 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.babynamesmagic.com/>.

"Meaning and origin of Euphrosyne." Birthcare. Birthcare, LLC.. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.mybirthcare.com/favorites/babynames.asp/>.

"Meaning and origin of Thalia." Birthcare. Birthcare, LLC.. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.mybirthcare.com/favorites/babynames.asp/>.

"Popularity of a Name." Social Security Online. 11 May 2007. Social Security Administration. 28 Apr 2008 <http://ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/>.

"St. Euphrosyne." Catholic Online. Catholic Online. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.catholic.org/saints/>.

"St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria." Catholic Online. Catholic Online. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.catholic.org/saints/>.

"St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk." Catholic Online. Catholic Online. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.catholic.org/saints/>.

"St. Euphrosyne of Suzdal." The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America . Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America . 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.antiochian.org/>.

"Thalia - Name Meaning and Origin." Think Baby Names. Thinkbabynames.com. 28 Apr 2008 <http://www.thinkbabynames.com/>.

Author: Madeleine Wieder

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