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The Charities

[Mythology (Greek mythological figures)]

The Charities are personifications of aspects of grace and beauty.
They are called Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth) [you FROSS uh nee], and Thalia (Good Cheer).
While the Muses inspire artists, the Charities apply the artists' works to the embellishment of life.

Also sometimes translated as "The Graces" (Gratiae).

Alternate name translations:

  • AGLAIA, the Radiant (embodiment of radiance and splendor)
  • EUPHROSYNE, the Joyful (embodiment of joy and mirth)
  • THALIA / Thaleia , the Flowering (muse of comedy and pastoral poetry)


Charity

[Theology, Christian ]

[Middle English charite, from Old French, 'Christian love', from Latin cāritās, 'affection', from cārus, 'dear'.]

Charity is the virtue* defined as love directed first toward God, but also toward oneself and one's neighbors (as objects of God's love).

 

*The Three Theological Virtues listed in the Bible are faith, hope, and charity.
They are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:13 :

"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity
."
(from the King James version).

The New King James version, the New American Standard Bible, and New International version translate the third, agape , as "love", not "charity."



  


  
Links:
[1] Encyclopedia Mythica: Charities
[2] Encyclopedia Mythica: Graces
[3] agape: what's the difference between charity and love?
define:charity ; last modified: April 14, 2006
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