Themis ( ancient Greek Θέμις Thémis ) is the daughter of Uranus and Gaia in Greek mythology and belongs to the Titan family . She was wife of Zeus and mother of the Horen (the "seasons"). She is considered the goddess of justice, custom and order, as well as philosophy.
Themis knew the future and possessed a knowledge of things that exceeded even that of Zeus . So she warned him against a relationship with Thetis , as one of her sons would become more powerful than the father. Deucalion and Pyrrha made it possible for them to survive the flood and to repopulate the earth. She warned the Atlas that a son of Zeus would come to steal the golden apples from the Hesperides - which is why the latter turned down Perseus' request for accommodation and was petrified as a punishment.
Pedigree of the Titans
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- Jean Rudhardt : Thémis et les Hôrai. Research on les divinités grecques de la justice et de la paix. Droz, Geneva 1999.