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Aristocracy Or Democracy? Eukleia And Eunomia Between The Gods

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Two of the most popular personifications in the vase paintings made during the Peloponnesian War are Eukleia and Eunomia , the personifications of Good Repute and Good Order. This chapter surveys the identity and visual representations of each of these personifications separately, and then reassess their appearances together in art and cult. Eukleia represents the personal qualities that brought a person a good reputation, as well as the reputation itself. Eukleia's civic responsibilities may have extended to welcoming and sanctioning foreign cults. Eukleia is a most likely candidate for the personification, labelled EY, who stands at the left: she would sanction the good reputation of a cult that was not previously in Athens. Eunomia is extremely popular in Greek literature. Her earliest appearance is as one of the Horai, along with Dike and Eirene , in Hesiodos ' Theogonia.

Keywords: Athens; Eukleia; Eunomia; Greek literature; Horai; personifications; vase paintings



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