In Greek mythology, a Charis (Χάρις) is one of several
Charites (Χάριτες; Greek: "Graces"), goddesses of charm,
beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility. They
ordinarily numbered three, from youngest to oldest: Aglaea
("Beauty"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer").
In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae, the
"Graces". In some cases Charis was one of the Graces and was
not the plural form of their name.
The Charites were usually considered the daughters of Zeus and
Eurynome, though they were also said to be daughters of
Dionysus and Aphrodite or of Helios and the naiad Aegle. Homer
wrote that they were part of the retinue of Aphrodite. The
Charites were also associated with the underworld and the
The river Cephissus near Delphi was sacred to them...