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Charis

Χάρις). A name applied by Homer ( Il. xviii. 382) to the wife of Hephaestus. In the Odyssey, on the other hand (viii. 267), Aphrodité is named as his spouse. It amounts to the same thing in the figurative explanation of the myth, since Grace and Beauty were both regarded as the characteristics of Hephaestus's labours. See Charites.

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