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MAKARIA

Greek Name

Μακαρια

Transliteration

Makaria

Latin Spelling

Macaria

Translation

Blessed (makar)

MAKARIA (Macaria) was the goddess of the "blessed" death and a minion of her parents Haides and Persephone. She may have been a more merciful counterpart of the death-god Thanatos or else was somehow connected with the passage of souls to the Islands of the Blessed (Nesoi Makarioi).


PARENTS

HAIDES (Suidas s.v. Makaria)


CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES

Suidas s.v. Makariai (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.) :
"Makaria (Macaria, Blessed). Death. A daughter of Haides. And a proverb : ‘Go to blessedness,’ instead of go to misery and utter destruction. Or ‘Go to blessedness’ is said by euphemism. Since even the dead are called ‘blessed ones.’"


SOURCES

BYZANTINE

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