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Women Represented Justice in Ancient Greece

Justice, in Ancient Greece, was represented by Goddess Themis. The Goddess of Justice was the embodiment of divine order, law and custom.

When Themis is disregarded, Nemesis -- the Goddess of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris and vengeful acts -- intervenes. Themis is a remorseless Goddess.

Themis presides over the relations between man and woman, the basis of the rightly ordered family. In Ancient Greece, the family is seen as a pillar of the community, and judges are the servants of Themis. Hera addressed her as "Lady Themis."

Themis herself built the oracle at Delphi and was herself oracular. According to another legend, she received the oracle at Delphi from Gaia and later gave it to Phoebe.

I will offer the hand-embroidered card, shown here, as a gift to the Association of Greek Public Prosecutors, thus, honouring the institution of justice in Greece.

It should be reminded that the ancient Greek philosopher Plato formulated a remarkable statement on justice 2,500 years ago: "Any knowledge or science that is not related to justice or virtue cannot be but deceit and has nothing to do with wisdom."

Blind Justice