Eos: Meet the Greek Goddess of Dawn

13/07/2021

     Eos means Aurora and is, in Greek Mythology, the Goddess of Dawn. She was highly worshiped by the Ancient Greek Religion. Learn more about this deity below.

Eos in Greek Mythology:

     Eos (Greek: aurora), in Greek Mythology, is the goddess who personified the dawn. Daughter of Hyperion and Teia, she is a sister of the goddess Selene, the Moon, and of Hélio, the Sun.

     Usually cited as long blond hair and pink-tinted nails with a purple carriage pulled by two winged horses, Lampo and Phaeton, with multicolored harnesses. Agile and graceful, she has wings on her shoulders and feet.

     This characterization expresses his character as a capricious and carefree young man, who lives intense and ephemeral loves. This goddess is part of the select and ancient Greek gods


Occupation:

     Eos has, as its main function, to open the doors of heaven for the chariot of Helium, the personification of the Sun, being thus the goddess of the dawn (When the chariot of Helium is leaving, and the sun is rising) and of the evening, more specifically , the sunset (When Helium's carriage is returning, and the sun is setting).

     Also responsible for the brightness of the Sun and the hues of Heaven, Eos is the goddess who awakens people and creatures from the deepest dreams and pouring dew on the leaves, being best known for being a goddess especially of the dawn.

Loves:

     They are numerous like Eos' passions, the best known being Titonus, Priam's older brother. When she fell in love with him, she was afraid of losing and kidnapped him and took him to Ethiopia.

     The goddess loved him so much that she asked to be granted immortality, but to avail herself of eternal youth, and in this way the goddess' lover became a decrepit old man, never, however, dying. Eos decided, then ask Zeus to turn him into a cicada.


Sons:

     With Titono, he had two children: Emátion and Memnon. Cephalus, son of Hermes and Herse, was also a victim of Eos' unrelenting love. He was already married to Princess Procris, tender and loving and always faithful to her husband. Insatiable as ever, Eos cares little for the suffering of Procris and kidnaps Cephalus while hunting near Mount Imethus.

     But despite all the goddess' efforts, the young man remains in love with his wife. Despite the goddess' many cunning schemes, Cephalus and Procris are reconciled. Cephalus goes back to hunting, but his wife, fearing the rival goddess, follows him. Thinking it was an animal, he killed her and when he saw what he had done, he threw himself overboard. Moved, Zeus turns them into stars.

     One of the versions of the Ganymede myth tells that he was kidnapped and taken to Mount Olympus not by Zeus but by the goddess Eos, apparently this was the original version of the Ganymede myth, she is mentioned by Apollonius of Rodis, and others writers from ancient Greece.

     Her passions are attributed to the fact that she had loves with Ares, something that made Aphrodite very jealous, causing her to cast a spell on Eos, so that she would fall in love only with mortal men, and have an insatiable sexual desire.

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