Alalcomenia

Alalcomenia in Greek, mythology, daughter of Ogyges, king of Thebes, by Thebe, daughter of Jupiter, and Lodamia, was the most celebrated daughter of that: monarch, from her office as nurse to Minerva, and from the worship paid her after her death. She was considered the goddess who brought designs to a happy issue, and was represented, not by a whole statue, but only by a head or breast, to show that it is the head or understanding that determines the limits of things; and for the same reason the heads only of victims were sacrificed to her. Her temples were all uncovered, to signify that she drew her origin from heaven, the sole source of wisdom.

 
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