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Blind Lady of Justice

Themis is a figure from Greek mythology. She symbolizes the fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, greed, prejudice or favor.

Themis is a character from Greek mythology who was responsible for upholding right and justice in human affairs. The scales in her left hand represent fairness; the sword and chain in her right hand are symbols of enforced justice. Themis was the wise and honest daughter of Uranos and Gaea, two of the Gods we learn about in Greek mythology. Themis gave sound advice to all of the Gods and Goddesses, and even Zeus listened to her counsel. Her name means "the right" or "divine justice."

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critical thinking
Why would Themis, the Greek goddess of Justice and Fairness, be a central part of a courthouse mural about the Pass of the North?

Related Links:

In-depth description of Themis
http://www.hsa.brown.edu/~maicar/Themis.html

The Encyclopedia Mythica: An Encyclopedia on Mythology, Folklore and Legend
http://www.pantheon.org/mythica.html

Website about ancient Greece, with links to different aspects of mythology
http://www.ancientgreece.com/

Characters of Greek Mythology
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/5545/

Read More, Learn More:

O’Cleirigh, Padraig and Rex Barrell, eds. c2000. An introduction to Greek mythology : story, symbols, and culture / based on the lectures of John M. Bell. Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press.

Homer, trans. Samuel Butler, January 2000. The Iliad. Dover Publications, Inc.

Homer, trans. Samuel Butler, April 1994. The Odyssey. Barnes & Noble Publications