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ASTRAIA (Astraea) was the virgin-goddess of justice. During the Golden Age she dwelt upon the earth with mankind but was driven away by the increasing lawlessness of the subsequent Bronze Age. Zeus then set her amongst the stars as the constellation Virgo.
Astraia was closely identified with the goddesses Dike (Justice) and Nemesis (Rightful Indignation).
Image T32.1 (right) : A figure labelled Astrape "Lightning" stands beside the throne of Zeus. She is surely the goddess Astraia for she has all the accoutrements of a star-goddess--wings, shining aureole and a flaming torch. The star-god Eosphoros was depicted in a similar fashion. As the goddess of justice she carries the thunderbolt of Zeus--the implement of divine justice.
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