June 22nd, 2010 by sabrina

Pheme (pronounced FEE-mee) is the Greek Goddess of rumor and gossip. Equivalent to the Roman Fama, she is a daughter of Gaia, and she carried both good news and bad. Since rumors were often said to originate with the Gods, Pheme was called the messenger of Zeus. Her name, which means “report,” was also seen as Phama, and the name Ossa (“rumor”) was used for her as well.

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3 responses about “Pheme”

  1. Cora Post said:

    Is she the same as Rumour (of black wings and thousands of eyes over her body) that I think Homer spoke of?

  2. sabrina said:

    Yes, that’s her. From what I’ve seen, some translations of Homer translate the names of some of the deities who were personifications, or use them interchangably. I’m thinking in particular of Ate (Ruin), Eris (Strife), Eos (Dawn), and Deimos and Phobos (Dread and Terror). The wings and eyes don’t seem to be mentioned until Virgil though, so I associate them with Fama (Roman version) rather than with Pheme (Greek version).

  3. Cora Post said:

    Thanks 🙂 I find it interesting how the Greeks and Romans shared so much, yet retained their identity.

    Do you have an opinion on the difference between the Titans and the Gods? Some see them as opposing political factions while others don’t see the Titans as being strictly Divine.

    I see them as Divine and that they are literally what their ephitat decribes them as: Gaia *is* Earth, Themis *is* Justice, Eros *is* Love. The later Gods became represenataives of said title…so that Athena is not Justice, but the Goddess of Justice.

    Does that make sense?