Nyx was the goddess of the night in Greek mythology. She came out of Chaos.
Her Roman equivalent was Nox.
Hesiod's Theogony[change | change source]
In his theogony (How the gods came to be), Hesiod tells: Night is born of Chaos; her offspring are many, and telling. With Erebus, Night gives birth to the following deities:
Later, on her own, Night gives birth to
- Momus "blame"
- Ponos "toil"
- Moros "fate"
- Thanatos "death"
- Hypnos "sleep",
- the Oneiroi "the tribe of dreams"
- the Hesperides
- the Keres and Fates
- Nemesis "retribution"
- Apate "deception"
- Philotes "friendship"
- Geras "age",
- and Eris "strife".
In his description of Tartarus, Hesiod says further that Hemera "day", who is now Night's sister rather than daughter, left Tartarus just as Nyx entered it; when Hemera returned, Nyx left. This mirrors the portrayal of Ratri "night" in the Rig-Veda, where she works in close cooperation but also tension with her sister Ushas "dawn".
Children[change | change source]
- Only hers:
Related pages[change | change source]
- Nox - Etruscan mythology version of Nyx.