Article by Rebecca
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“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” ~ William Congreve

That fury, in the form of divine justice, gets meted out by Nemesis. Nemesis is the goddess of retributive justice. She relentlessly doles out just punishment to those who break the law and to the proud and snobbish.
A perfect example is the role Nemesis played in the life of Narcissus. In “Myths of the Greeks and Romans” by Michael Grant, he recounts the tale of Narcissus, a beautiful young man that was far too good for any lady. Echo wasted away to just a voice while pining for him. Another spurned female admirer made a plea to heaven that Narcissus would know the pain of falling in love with someone he could not have. Well, Nemesis heard the woman and set her justice mojo to work. That is when Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection. Unable to tear himself away from gazing at his reflection, Narcissus perished. That’s Nemesis.

She is where the Greeks get justice. Nemesis is generally described as very beautiful, seated in a chariot drawn by griffons. Her beauty caught the eye of Zeus, who being the horny god, eventually coupled with her. Nemesis was in the form of a goose, and Zeus was a swan. Therefore, Nemesis, to put it bluntly, laid an egg. The individual hatched from that egg grew up to be Helen of Troy (of thousand ship launching fame).






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