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HADES (Haides) The king of the underworld and lord of the dead. He was one of the three powerful sons of Cronus who, with his brothers Zeus and Poseidon, drew lots for the division of the cosmos after defeating the Titans.

HAGNO An Oceanid nymph who, with her sisters Theiosa and Neda, nursed the infant Zeus in the land of Arcadia in central Greece.

HALIA A sea nymph of the Greek island of Rhodes who bore Poseidon six sons. When these refused Aphrodite port on the island, she caused them to go mad and they raped their own mother. Poseidon then cast them down into caverns beneath the island, while Halia ("brine") leapt into the sea and was dissolved.

HALIAE (Haliai) Nymphs of the sea, daughters of the various marine gods. Amongst their number were the fifty Nereides.

HALIMEDES A one-eyed, metal-working Cyclops giant.

HAMADRYADES (Hamadryades) Tree nymphs whose life was bound to a tree.


HAMADRYAS The first oak tree nymph and the mother of the Hamadryads of lesser trees, such as the cherry, ash, elm and cornel.

HARMONIA (1) The Greek goddess of harmony and unity who married the hero Cadmus, king of the Greek city of Thebes, in a wedding attended by all gods. After ruling Thebes for many years the two were transfered to Elysium and a life of eternal bliss.

HARMONIA (2) A nymph of the Acmonian wood who became the mother of the first of the Amazons by Ares.

HARPIES (Harpyiai) Ravenous bird-women, known as the "hounds of Zeus," which caught people away in their whirlwinds, never to be seen again. Once Zeus sent them to torment the impious king Phineus, and they snatched away his food and drink until driven off by the Argonauts.

HARPINA A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Asopus in southern Greece who was carried off to Elis by Ares.

HARPOCRATES (Harpokrates) The young boy-god of silence who held a finger to his lips to insist on quiet.

HEBE The Greek goddess of youth who became the wife of Heracles upon his ascension to Olympus.

HEBRUS (Hebros) A river of Thrace, north of Greece, and its deity.

HECAERGE (Hekaerge) An Hyperborean nymph huntress who accompanied the goddess Artemis.


HECATE (Hekate) The Greek goddess of witchcraft, ghosts and necromancy. She helped Demeter in her search for her daughter Persephone, and afterwards became a minister of the girl in the underworld.

HECATERIDES (Hekaterides) Five rustic nymphs who were the mothers of the mountain spirits - the Oreiad nymphs, Satyrs and Curetes.

HECATERUS (Hekateros) A rustic spirit of the country dance.

HECATONCHEIRES (Hekatonkheires) Three fifty-headed, hundred-handed giants which were the force behind violent storms. They were imprisoned beneath the earth by their father Uranus, then their brother Cronus, until finally released by Zeus who called upon their strength in the Titan War.

HEDONE The spirit of pleasure, a daughter of Eros (Love) and Psyche (the Soul).

HEDYLOGUS (Hedylogos) The daemon of sweet-talk, one of the winged Erotes (Love-Spirits).

HEGETORIA A nymph of the Greek island of Rhodes who wed its king Ochimus.

HELEIONOMAE (Heleionomai) Naiad-nymphs of marshes.

HELIADES Beautiful nymph daughters of the sun-god Helius who were transformed into amber-weeping poplar trees when they stood in grief mourning the death of their brother Phaethon, cast to his death from the chariot of the sun.


HELICON (Helikon) The craggy old deity of a mountain in central Greece.

HELIUS (Helios) The solar-god who drove a chariot of winged horses across the sky wearing the shining aureole-crown of the sun upon his head.

HELLE The goddess of the Hellespont Sea which divides the continents of Europe and Asia. She was once a mortal girl who had fled from her homeland in Greece on the back of a golden-fleeced ram, but losing her grip slipped into the sea where she was transformed into a goddess by Poseidon..

HEMERA (Hemere) The primordial goddess (protogenia) of the day, a daughter of Night and Darkness and sister of Light.

HEMITHEA A goddess of the Asian Chersonnese. Once a mortal princess of the Greek island of Delos, she leapt into the sea to escape the wrath of her father where she was transformed into a divinity by Apollo.

HEPHAESTUS (Hephaistos) The crippled Greek god of fire, volcanism, smiths and craftsmen, and one of the twelve great Olympian gods.

HERA The queen of the gods, and goddess of heaven, women and marriage. She was one of the the twelve great Olympians who ruled the cosmos.

HERACLES (Herakles) The greatest of all the Greek heroes who was famed for the completion of the Twelve Labours. Upon his death he ascended to Olympus to join the ranks of the gods, and was thereupon titled the protector of man.

HERCYNA (Herkyna) A nymph of Boeotia in central Greece who was a companion of the goddess Persephone.

HERMAPHRODITUS (Hermaphroditos) A handsome son of Hermes and Aphrodite who was desired by the nymph Salmacis. She prayed that they might forever be together, and some deity answered by merging their forms into one, creating the first hermaphrodite - a creature part male and part female. As a minor divinities he-she was numbered amongst the Erotes (Love-Spirits).

HERMES The great Olympian god of animal husbandry, fertility of the herds, trade, messengers, travel, merchants and athletes. He was also the personal herald of Zeus, king of the gods.


HERMUS (Hermos) A river of Lydia and its watery deity.

HEROPHILE A daughter of Poseidon and Aphrodite.

HESIONE The Oceanid nymph wife of the Titan Prometheus.

HESPERIA A Naiad daughter of the Trojan river Cebren.

HESPERIDES Goddess-nymphs of the evening and sunsets. The lived on the Red Isle in the westernmost corner of the world where they tended the tree of golden apples.

HESPERIS The tenth of the twelve goddesses of the hours, or Horae, who presided over the hour of dusk.

HESPERUS (Hesperos) The deity of the evening star (Venus), herald of the evening.

HESTIA The Greek goddess of hearth and home, a virgin goddess, sister of Zeus and one of the twelve great Olympian gods.

HESYCHIA (Hesykhia) The female personification of quiet and tranquility.

HIEROMNEME A Naiad nymph daughter of the Trojan river Simoeis who wed a Dardanian prince named Assaracus.

HILAEIRA One of the Leucippides, two princesses of Messenia in southern Greece, who became the goddess-wives of the Dioscuri twins.

HIMALIA A nymph of the Greek island of Rhodes seduced by Zeus when he was on the island battling the evil of the Telchines.

HIMERUS (Himeros) The daemon (spirit) of sexual desire, one of the winged Erotes (Love-Spirits). He appeared at the birth of Aphrodite and became one of her constant companions.

HIPPALECTRYON (Hippalektryon) A strange flying beast with the fore-quarters of a horse and the wings and rear-parts of a rooster.

HIPPOCAMPI (Hippokampoi) A fabulous marine creature with the fore-parts of a hrose and the rear-quarters of a fish. Hippocampi drew the chariot of Poseidon and were ridden as mounts by other marine gods.

HIPPOI ATHANATOI Immortal horses, children of the Winds, which drove the chariots of the gods. A few fortunate heroes also received them as gifts.

HIPPOLYTUS (Hippolytos) A Gigante slain by Hermes with his sword in the Giant War.

HOMADUS (Homados) The male personification of battlenoise.

HOMONOIA The female personification of concord and unity.

HOPLODAMUS (Hoplodamos) The leader of the Curetes or Gigantes who protected Rhea from the wrath of Cronus after she had hidden away their child Zeus.

HORAE (1) (Horai) Goddesses of the seasons and the heavenly measures of time. They presided over the facets of order - peace, justice and good governance.

HORAE (2) (Horai) Goddesses of the twelve hours of day.

HORCUS (Horkos) The male personification of the binding oath who punished the oath-breaker.

HORMES The male personfication of effort.

HYADES Five nymphs, daughters of the Titan Atlas, who nursed the infant Dionysus. They were set amongst the stars as the constellation Hyades, whose rising marked the arrival of the spring rains.

HYALE One of the attendant nymphs of the goddess Artemis.

HYAS A water-bearing son of the Titan Atlas who was killed by a lion and placed amongst the stars as the constellation Aquarius.

HYBRIS The female personification of insolence and excessive pride.

HYDASPES An Indian river-spirit who was defeated in battle by Dionysus during the Indian War.


HYDRA A fabulous nine-headed water-snake which grew two heads for every one which was cut off. Heracles defeated the beast by applying a burning brand to the severed neck stumps.

HYDRUS (Hydros) The progotenos (primordial deity) of fresh water.

HYGEIA The goddess of good health.

HYLLUS (Hyllos) A Lydian giant.

HYLONOME A female centaur who killed herself when her husband the centaur Cyllarus was slain in the battle with the Lapiths.

HYMENAEUS (Hymenaios) The spirit of the wedding ceremony and bridal hymn, who was numbered amongst the Erotes (Love-Deities).

HYPERBOREAN GIANTS (Gigantes Hyperboreioi) Three giant sons of the North-Wind who were the priests of the fabulous Hyperborean tribe of the far north.

HYPBERBOREANS (Hyperboreoi) A tribe of blessed men favoured by Apollo who dwelt in a land of eternal spring far beyond the wintry moutains of the North-Wind.

HYPERIA (Hypereia) A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Inachus in southern Greece.

HYPERION One of the six elder Titans, who represented the light of heaven and the cosmic ordering of days and months.

HYPNUS (Hypnos) The winged daemon (spirit) of sleep.

HYSMINAE (Hysminai) The personifications of fighting, ruthless spirits of the battlefield.

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