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Nyx
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General Info
Title(s) Goddess of Night
Consort Erebus
Parents Khaos
Sibling(s) Erebus
Gaia
Tartarus
Children Aether and Hemera (with Erebus)
Hypnos
Aether
Hemera
Moros
Nemesis
The Moirae
Thanatos
Charon

Daimones[1]

Nyx was the ancient goddess of night. She is a shadowy figure in Greek mythology but from the extracts about her, it can be gleaned that she was a figure of great beauty and power.

In Myth Edit

She was born from the giant cosmic being called Chaos, and was a Protogenoi, an ancient being that existed long before the Olympians. With Erebus, her sibling, she gives birth to Aether (Brightness), and Hemera (Day). Nyx is an essential part of the Greek creation myth, and was integral in the legend.

She is considered one of the most powerful deities, as can be seen when Hypnos, the god of sleep and her son, fled from Zeus after putting him to sleep on Hera's orders, so she could punish Heracles without Zeus's interference. Zeus found out about Hypnos's involvement and chased him. Hypnos fled to his mother Nyx, whom Zeus feared and respected. In some myths, Chaos did not exist and Nyx, in fact, was the first divine entity, promoting her power and importance.

WorshipEdit

Unlike many other deities, Nyx was not celebrated in a cult of her own, but was often in the background of many other major cults, including one dedicated to Artemis, one of her descendants.

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Nyx and the Prophet Isaiah

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Nyx's Children Edit

Nyx had many children:

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Hesiod's Theogony


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