Together with her sisters Euphrosyne (joy and mirth) Thalia (bringer of flowers) Aglaia (brightness) was the youngest and most beautiful of the three Graces, a triad of female deities who protected vegetation.
The Graces were daughters of Zeus and the sea-nymph Euronyme. They were Aphrodites servants, and related to the nine Muses and the three seasons.
In early art they were pictured as three fully dressed women holding each others hands in a ceremonial dance. Later they were pictured as three beautiful young women embracing each other.