Aglaea () or Aglaïa (; Greek: Ἀγλαΐα "splendor, brilliant, shining one") is the name of several figures in Greek mythology.
The youngest of the Charites, Homer knew of a younger Charites named Pasithea ("Hallucination"). Aglaea was one of three daughters of Zeus and either the Oceanid Eurynome or Eunomia, goddess of good order and lawful conduct. Her two sisters were Euphrosyne, and Thalia. Together they were known as the Three Graces, or the Charites. Aglaea was also known as Charis ("the Grace") and Cale ("Beauty").
Aglaea was the goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence and adornment. She and her sisters attended Aphrodite, and Aglaea sometimes acted as messenger for the goddess of love.
Aglaea was married to Hephaestus after his divorce from Aphrodite, and by him became mother of Eucleia (“Good Repute”), Eupheme (“Acclaim”), Euthenia (“Prosperity”), and Philophrosyne (“Welcome”).
The asteroid 47 Aglaja is named for her, as is the butterfly genus Aglais Dalman, 1816.
- Aglaea, the goddess/personification of the glow of good health, and a daughter of Asclepius and Epione. Her sisters are Hygieia, Panacea, Aceso, and Iaso, and her brothers were Machaon, Podaleirios and Telesphoros.
- Aglaea or Ocalea, daughter of Mantineus. She married Abas and had twins: Acrisius and Proetus.
- Aglaea, daughter of Thespius and Megamede. She bore Heracles a son, Antiades.
- Aglaea, a nymph. She is the mother, by Charopus, of Nireus.
- Aglaea, mother of Melampus and Bias by Amythaon.
- ^ Hesiod, Theogony 907
- ^ Bibliotheca 1. 3. 1
- ^ Pindar, Olympian Ode 14. 1 ff
- ^ a b Theoi.com: Kharis Algaia http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/KharisAglaia.html
- ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 24. 261 ff
- ^ Hesiod, Theogony 945
- ^ Orphic Rhapsodies (fragments)
- ^ Greek Lyric Anonymous, Fragments 939 (Inscription from Erythrai) (trans. Campbell)
- ^ Suidas s.v. Epione (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon 10th century AD)
- ^ Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, 2. 2. 1
- ^ Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, 2. 7. 8
- ^ Homer, Iliad, 2. 671
- ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 53. 2
- ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 97
- ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 4. 68. 3