HERSE was the goddess of the dew, a daughter of the rain-god Zeus and moon-goddess Selene. Her moisture nourished the plants of the earth.
Herse was perhaps the same as Pandeia, a daughter of the same gods mentioned in the Homeric Hymns. Another Herse, a heroine daughter of King Kekrops (Cecrops), was worshipped by the Athenians.
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CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Alcman, Fragment 57 (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric II) (Greek lyric C7th B.C.) :
"Such things as are nurtured by Ersa (Dew), daughter of Zeus and Selene (Moon)."
- Greek Lyric I Alcman, Fragments - Greek Lyric C7th B.C.