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EKEKHEIRIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Εκεχειρια Ekekheiria Ececheiria Truce, Armistice
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EKEKHEIRIA (or Ececheiria) was the spirit (daimona) of truce, armistice, and the cessation of all hostilities. She was honoured at Olympia during the Olympic Games when a general truce amongst the states of Greece was declared.

Ekekheiria was closely related to the goddess Eirene (Peace).

PARENTS
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ENCYCLOPEDIA

ECECHEI′RIA (Ekecheiria), that is, the armistice or truce, which was personified and represented as a divine being at the entrance of the tempie of Zeus at Olympia; there was a statue of Iphitus, which Ececheiria was in the act of crowning. (Paus. v. 10. § 3, 26. § 2.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. 10. 10 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"[Among the statues dedicated at the temple of Zeus in Olympia:] As you enter the bronze doors you see on your right, before the pillar, Iphitos being crowned by a woman Ekekheiria (Truce), as the elegiac couplet on the statue says."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. 26. 2 :
"The offerings of Mikythos I found [at Olympia] were numerous and not together. Next after Iphitos of Elis, and Ekhekheiria crowning Iphitos."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.