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Nemesis

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Transcript of Nemesis

Goddess of Revenge Nemesis Background History Actions and Deeds Influence on Art & Literature Nemesis is the Greek goddess of revenge. She punishes those with hubris, or arrogance before gods, and rewards those who perform good deeds or even small acts of kindness. Some of her other names are Rhamnousia and Adrasteia.
Her sacred animal is the goose because it is said that she was so beautiful that Zeus fell in love with her. In order to escape the king of the gods, Nemesis transformed into a goose. The exact parentage of Nemesis is uncertain. Some myths say she is the daughter of Oceanus or Zeus, while other stories identify her as the daughter of Erebus (darkness) and Nyx (night). Some say she was fatherless and born to Nyx alone.
In a few stories, she produced the egg from which came forth two sets of twins: Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Nemesis has brought much grief to a few mortals, like Echo and Narcissus. Narcissus was said to be a beautiful hunter, yet he was arrogant as could be. Echo was a fountain nymph, cursed by Hera to repeat naught but what others said, and she fell in love with Narcissus. When Narcissus spurned her, Nemesis saw this and cursed the hunter to fall in love with his own reflection. Unable to leave the pool that had his reflection, Narcissus eventually died, turning into the narcissus flower we know today. In 1837, Alfred Rethel painted a picture of Nemesis. Before the painting, she was seen without wings, but afterwards, she was considered a winged goddess.
In Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series, Nemesis is the mother of a one-eyed antagonist, Ethan Nakamura, who tries to establish balance in the world in his mother's name. In "The Heroes of Olympus" series, Leo Valdez and Hazel Levesque meet Nemesis, who carries out her job of balancing the world by changing the messages on fortune cookies. "Nemesis" Alfred Rethel (1837) The Battle of the Labyrinth Book 4 of the Percy Jackson series, where Ethan Nakamura, son of Nemesis, is introduced on page 261, line 7, words 1-9. By Rick Riordan. Ethan Nakamura asdfghjkl;lkjhgfdsa Bibliography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis_(mythology) Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth. New York: Disney-Hyperion, 2008. Riordan, Rick. The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena. New York: Disney-Hyperion, 2012. (Yes, that's all I used. No joke. I promise.)
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