The daughter of HYPERION and THEA, she’s married to the blustery Wind God ASTRAEUS and has four windy sons: BOREAS, EURUS, NOTUS and ZEPHYRUS. She’s a bit flighty herself, having been cursed with nymphomania by APHRODITE.
She made the mistake of fancying ARES, which was the cause of the curse, and instead had to make do with a mortal husband, TITHONUS. The shame of it.
She pleaded with ZEUS to grant him immortality, but forgot about the ageism clause. So poor TITHONUS just got older and older and increasingly withery. Eventually the Gods took pity and turned him into a cicada.
Before this, EOS and TITHONUS did manage to produce two sons, MEMNON and Emathion. These did not bring any benefits. MEMNON got killed by Achilles and Emathion by HERACLES.
So it’s not surprising that poor EOS carries on weeping. But this in turn ensures there is never any shortage of dew. In Roman times she was known as AURORA, but we have yet to find a happy ending.
Article last updated on 14 April 2013
by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
Cite this article:
Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "EOS: Goddess of Dawn from Greek mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 14 Apr. 2013. Web. 2 September 2014.