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Hecate, a goddess about whom there are many varying traditions. By some writers she is called a daughter of Perseeus, by others of Zeus, by others again of Leto. She is not mentioned in Homer. According to Hesiod and Apollodorus she was a Thracian divinity who assisted the gods in their war with the giants and had power over all departments of life and things. She was confounded with Demeter, Artemis, Persephone, and other deities, and was worshipped especially in Mgina, Samothrace. and Argos. Small statues of her (Hecatcea) were numerous also in Athens, and stood before houses or at cross roads, and were consulted as oracles. In later times, from her confusion with Persephone, Hecate came to be regarded almost exclusively as a goddess of the nether world.