Graces , The (Lat. Gratioe, Gr. Xaptres), mythological beings, generally described as daughters of Jupiter, but called by some daughters of Apollo, and by others of Bacchus; their maternity is still more undecided. The Spartans and Athenians recognized only two Cha-rites, but Hesiod enumerates three, whom he names Euphrosyne, Aglaia, and Thalia; and this number and nomenclature generally prevailed. The Graces were the goddesses of social festivity, happiness, and mirth, the inspirers of those virtues and amenities which render human intercourse delightful, and the patronesses of whatever is graceful and beautiful in nature or in art. Great poets, painters, and sculptors were the peculiar objects of their favor. The Graces were commonly represented as the companions of other divinities, especially Apollo, Venus, and Cupid; and their attributes are made always to harmonize with those of the deity upon whom they attend. Thus as the companions of Apollo they bear musical instruments, while as those of Venus they carry myrtle, roses, or dice.

They are usually represented as virgins in the bloom of life, embracing each other, and sometimes appear clothed, sometimes naked.