|“||The greater the height, the greater the fall. And for Zeus, who stood on the highest peak of Olympus, his fall from grace will be the greatest one the world has ever seen.||„|
Nemesis is the goddess of vengeance and divine retribution against those who succumb to pride and arrogance. Also, she is the daughter of Erebus and Nyx. In the Theogony, Nemesis is the sister of the Moirai (the Fates), the Keres (Black Fates), the Oneiroi (Dreams), Eris (Discord) and Apate (Deception).
As a purveyor of justice, Nemesis was often depicted with a sword and scales, although she was also alternatively shown with a whip, measuring rod, dagger, bridle, scourge, wings, or sometimes a griffin-drawn chariot. She is portrayed as a winged goddess wielding a whip or a dagger.
Powers and Abilities
One of her acts of retribution was to punish the beautiful Narcissus for spurning his many suitors. Nemesis caused him to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, which led him to perish there from despair and regret.
Myths and Legends
It is also believed that Nemesis produced the egg from which hatched two sets of twins: Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra, and the Dioscuri, Castor and Polydeuces. The reason they hatched from an egg is because, in order to avoid Zeus, Nemesis turns into a goose, but he turns into a swan and mates with her.
As the "Goddess of Rhamnous", Nemesis was honored and placated in an archaic sanctuary in the isolated district of Rhamnous, in northeastern Attica. There she was a daughter of Oceanus, the primeval river-ocean that encircles the world. Pausanias noted her iconic statue there. It included a crown of stags and little Nikes and was made by Pheidias after the Battle of Marathon, crafted from a block of Parian marble brought by the overconfident Persians, who had intended to make a memorial stele after their expected victory. Her cult may have originated at Smyrna.