Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Selene, the goddess of the moon



Selene, the goddess of the Moon

Goddess Selene was the daughter of the Titan Hyperion and the Titaness Theia. Selene had two siblings, Eos (Dawn) and Helios (Sun), who illuminated Selene eternally because of their brotherhood.
Selene's name derives from the Greek word selas, meaning "light".

Selene's Chariot

The ancient Greeks imagined Selene with wings and silver fingers, wearing a half moon as her crown. Usually she is depicted horseback or driving a chariot with winged horses, partly white and partly black, an allegory that only one side of the lunar surface is illuminated by the sunlight. Other times she is portrayed riding a bull or elevated on a horse, a mule, a deer or a goat.

The Adventures of Selene

Selene had many amorous adventures according to Greek mythology. Her brilliance had been so great that it caused Zeus to fall in love with her and their union brought Pandia (the goddess of the full-moon),Herse(the goddess of the dew) into life. Selene also united with Helios and brought life to the three Horae (Hours). According to another legend, Selene was seduced by Pan who gave her a flock of white oxen. She also mated with Aeras and gave birth to a daughter with the name Drossos.

The Roman name of Selene is "Luna"

Selene means "Moon" in ancient Greek.

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