9. Irene

Irene was the goddess of peace and of the season of spring . Late spring was the usual campaign season in Greece when peace was most at risk. Irene was one of three goddesses of the seasons and the keepers of the gates of heaven. Her sisters were Eunomia (Order or Good-Pasture) and Dike (Justice).

In classical art she usually appears in the company of her two sisters bearing the fruits of the seasons. Statues of the goddess represent her as a maiden holding the infant Plutus (God of wealth Wealth) in her arms.

The figure of Irene occurs only on coins. She is there represented as a youthful female, holding in her left arm a cornucopia and in her right hand an olive branch or the staff of Hermes. Sometimes also she appears in the act of burning a pile of arms, or carrying corn-ears in her hand or upon her head.

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