Posted by: aediculaantinoi | November 30, 2012

God(desse)s of the Month: Nemesis

In Neos Alexandria this month, the three Gods of the Month were Goddesses of the Month: Hathor, Nemesis, and the Muses. The first and the last of these got a mention in my poem from a few days ago; but I did not end up working anything in for Nemesis…and, I really should have done so, because both Herodes Attikos and Polydeukion honored her, as an inscription at Rhamnous indicates.

So, in the spirit of “better late than never,” here’s a poem for Nemesis.



The words on public monuments
are for the eyes of mortals and gods,
but do not tell the full story.

Nemesis, seer of the deeds of mankind:
hear these words as I speak them,
for they are written upon my heart.

I have honored you, the goddess
whose wrath every sensible man dreads
and whose name brings fear to rest in the soul;
I have also honored your sister Tyche.
And yet, I seem to have your ire
and no favor from her.

My wife and children, but one, are dead;
my foster-sons are dead.
Though my public works survive,
including my shrine here at Rhamnous for you,
my name is cursed and I am called “tyrant.”

I am more comforted by the eyes
of Polydeukion’s statue here,
where we used to sacrifice to you together,
than I am from any gifts you bestow.

His name is that of your son;
why treat a son as true as he
so poorly despite his virtue?

I speak these words with breath, not stone,
because I know they, nor I, will endure.
How ignorant of justice are teh fates of men,
how vain of divine favor are our trials on the earth.


  1. Reblogged this on The Darkness in the Light.

    • Please do not reblog anything that I write here without asking permission first.

      • And again I say, apologies — most writers are ok with the reblog, as I’m not promoting it as my own work — and it’s notated as an obvious REBLOG. I wouldn’t promote someone’s work as my own, as I’m already a freelance pagan writer and am quit partial to my own works — no need to plagerize someone elses. Again, most mark posts *Private* if they don’t want them reblogged or shared — my mistake in not looking a little closer. I will remove all of your reblogs immediately, as well as discontinue the follow in order to have no further issues or concerns on either end.

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