Ananke was a primordial ancient Greek goddess of inevitability, the personification of destiny, necessity and fate. She appears as a serpentine being, and marks the beginning of the cosmos. The ancient representation of the goddess is perhaps a torch-bearing figure, but she was also depicted holding a spindle, as the representation of Moira (fate).

According to the ancient Greek traveller Pausanias, there was a temple in ancient Corinth where the goddesses Ananke and Bia (meaning violence or violent haste) were worshipped together in the same shrine.

Her Roman equivalent was called Necessitas ("necessity").

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