Hecate

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Perhaps from Ancient Greek Ἑκατη (Hekatē), the feminine equivalent of Ἑκατός (Hekatós), an obscure epithet of Apollo, variously interpreted as "one who works/operates from afar", "one who drives off",[1] "the far reaching one" or "the far-darter".[2]

Alternatively, some suggest that the name derives from the Ancient Greek word for "will".[3]

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Hecate

  1. The powerful goddess, in Greek mythology, of crossroads, fire, light, the moon, and the underworld; equivalent to the Roman goddess Trivia.

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  1. ^ Charles Anthon, A Classical Dictionary (Harper & Brothers, 1869)
  2. ^ P. E. Wheelwright, Metaphor and Reality (1975, ISBN 0-253-20122-5)
  3. ^ Jenny Strauss Clay, in Hesiod's Cosmos (Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-82392-7), lists a number of researchers who associate Hecate's name and "will", e.g. Walcot (1958), Neitzel (1975), and Derossi (1975); she identifies "the name and function of Hecate as the one 'by whose will' prayers are accomplished and fulfilled". This interpretation also appears in Liddell and Scott's A Greek English Lexicon.
  4. ^ Hecate” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.