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Themis by GENZOMAN Themis by GENZOMAN
In Greek mythology, Themis (meaning "law of nature" rather than human ordinance, literally "that which is put in place", from the verb τίθημι, [5títhēmi, to put), she "of good counsel" was the embodiment of divine order, law and custom. When Themis is disregarded, Nemesis brings just and wrathful retribution, thus Themis shared the Nemesion temple at Rhamnous.

Themis is not wrathful: she, "of the lovely cheeks", was the first to offer Hera a cup when she returned to Olympus distraught over threats from Zeus. Themis presided over the proper relation between man and woman, the basis of the rightly ordered family (the family was seen as the pillar of the deme), and judges were often referred to as "themistopóloi" (the servants of Themis). Such was the basis for order upon Olympus too. Even Hera addressed her as "Lady Themis." The name of Themis might be substituted for Adrasteia in telling of the birth of Zeus on Crete. She built the Oracle at Delphi and was herself oracular. According to another legend, Themis received the Oracle at Delphi from Gaia and later gave it to Phoebe.

With Zeus she more certainly bore the Horae, those embodiments of the right moment — the rightness of Order unfolding in Time — and Astraea. Themis was there at Delos to witness the birth of Apollo. According to Ovid, it was Themis rather than Zeus who told Deucalion to throw the bones of his Mother over his shoulder to create a new race of mankind after the Deluge.

To these ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies." Her ability to foresee the future enabled her to become one of the Oracles of Delphi, which in turn led to her establishment as the goddess of divine justice. Some classical representations of Themis (illustration, right) did not show her blindfolded (because of her talent for prophecy, she had no need to be blinded) nor was she holding a sword (because she represented common consent, not coercion).

The first recorded appearance of Justice as a divine personage (Themis) occurred in Hesiod's Theogony where, drawing not only on the socio-religious consciousness of his time but also on many of the earlier cult-religions, he described the forces of the universe as cosmic divinities. For Hesiod, Justice is at the center of religious and moral life, who independently of Zeus, is the embodiment of divine will. It is important to note that in Hesiod, Moira, Themis and Dike are the divine descendants of the Great Mother-Goddess. This personification of Dike will stand in contrast to justice viewed as custom or law, and as retribution or sentence.

A illustration for Myths & Legends CCG done arround june of this year.
PSCS/Bamboo/4-5 hours/Music: Metallica - ...And Justice For All (LOL, i cant think in another thing when I was drawing and painting this.)

fixed version on feet and sword , also y add the regular work on all...:) thanks for your coments and help.
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lielin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
at first I thought she was libra because of the weighing scale, then I saw the title and I was like oh. but even so, she is still very beautiful.
sonic101227 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
she's very pretty 
pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Symbol of Justice as we all known. . . . . but sometimes rich criminals in other countries or Corrupt Government officials can BRIBED Her using money well we all know most women by the symbol are more possessed in money than men . . . . . . . in result her justice system sometimes can be tricked. . . poor innocents. . . . .
KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
The Dress *.* ~<3
thereturnofthewill Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
DragonCount Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally Themis is one of those deities I have little care for. Don't get me wrong, like all the deities of the Greek pantheon, she is an interesting character, but the whole concept of justice and balance doesn't ring with me. Primarily with my 'nature is chaos' perspective.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Well, nature isn't all chaos, it is also order. Otherwise, no body - in the sens of material - would ever have coherence, right ?


The weight or chaos and order in nature ... sounds like a good subject for a philosophy thesis. ^^
DragonCount Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, when I mean "nature is chaos", refers to the fact that it's constantly moving, constantly changing and a constant struggle, something that's almost unpredictable to the human eye and outside our control (i.e. storms, earthquakes, volcanic activity, even plants seeping into places where you wouldn't expect like bursting out of concrete).
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student General Artist
wow !
Firya Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Wow allyour goddess are awesome
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