who is nemesis, goddess of revenge?
i need info on nemesis, goddess of revenge? what kinds of experience does she have being a goddess?
- AlexandrosLv 69 years agoFavorite Answer
Nemesis was less a goddess of revenge than she was one of justice, of the need/requirement to correct evil deeds done or undeserved good fortune, i.e., righteous indignation or retribution. The three Erinnyes and minor divinities like Alastor and the Poinai (Poenae) were more closely related to the idea of revenge per se.
According to the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "Nemesis is a personification of the moral reverence for law, of the natural fear of committing a culpable action, and hence of conscience... In later writers, as Herodotus and Pindar, Nemesis is a kind of fatal divinity, for she directs human affairs in such a manner as to restore the right proportions or equilibrium wherever it has been disturbed; she measures out happiness and unhappiness, and he who is blessed with too many or too frequent gifts of fortune, is visited by her with losses and sufferings, in order that he may become humble, and feel that there are bounds beyond which human happiness cannot proceed with safety. This notion arose from a belief that the gods were envious of excessive human happiness".
Nemesis was a daughter of Nyx or Okeanos or Zeus, and her only actual rôle in the mythology is as the mother of Helen, the so-called most beautiful woman in the world, over whom the Trojan War was fought. Zeus is said to have lusted after Nemesis but she avoided his advances upon her because he was her father. She tried to escape him, changing herself into various animals as she fled, but he imitated her transformations and gave chase, until she finally became a swan, and he, taking the same animal form, caught up with her and raped her. Some time later she laid an egg which she gave to Queen Leda of Lakedaimon. Helen later hatched from the egg and was raised by Leda and her husband King Tyndareos as their daughter. Leda was also said to have been an incarnation of Nemesis, or she became Nemesis after she died. Helen was apparently born so that the conflict she would bring into the world would thin out its population, which was getting out of hand in Zeus' opinion. And hence the balance represented by Nemesis would be restored.
Nemesis was also said to be the mother by Tartaros of the Telkhines, while Helen is more commonly said to have been the result of Zeus, in his swan form, raping Leda rather Nemesis.
- 9 years ago
Nemesis were used for righteous revenge. It was used and then sent back and left till needed again. No real free will only a tool used, and only for truly righteous revenge.Source(s): life and reading
- Elaine MLv 79 years ago
It was one of the fictional (not Greek/Roman based) characters on Xena, Warrior Princess. Made up. Not real. Not part of mythology.