Roman Hekateion, Marble, 2nd century A.D.

Hecate is a Greek goddess, patron saint of the wilderness and protector of childbirth. She is a goddess of uncertain cult but venerated in many areas of classical Greece, she is considered daughter of Zeus. In its beginnings it was not represented triple, although soon it begins to welcome this iconography in which is usually represented with a torch, a key or a snake, some of its attributes. The three parts of Hecate are assimilated to its triformity, related to the moon, hell and the sea. It is also related to the darkness of the night and the moon, and it is usually depicted dressed with a peplo and the hair up.  


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