Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

STYX

Greek Underworld Goddess

Goddess of the Underworld River and Unbreakable Oaths

“Styx and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Well, they will if you swear by the River Styx and then break your oath.

The River Styx runs through the Underworld and is in the charge of the Goddess of that name. She’s the daughter of the Ocean and — with her consort Pallas — has four formidable children: Bia (Force), Cratus (Might), Nike (Victory) and Zelus (Zeal). They helped the Olympian Gods in their war against the Titans, and you can probably tell just from their names that they were successful.

Styx was rewarded with her own ten-channel river, a palace in the Underworld and dominion over the Oaths of the Gods. Anyone swearing such an oath has to drink from her ice cold waters to bind their vow. Quite a chilling experience as these drinks can freeze the blood and destroy mere mortals.

Styx Facts and Figures

Name: Styx
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld

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Article last updated on September 05, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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