Moros

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In Greek mythology, Moros /ˈmɔːrɒs/ or Morus /ˈmɔːrəs/ (Greek: Μόρος, "doom, fate")[1] is the being of impending doom, who drives mortals to their deadly fate.[2][3]

Family[edit]

Moros is the offspring of Nyx, the primordial goddess of the night. It is suggested by Gaius Julius Hyginus that Moros was sired by Erebus, primordial god of darkness. However, in Hesiod's Theogony it is suggested that Nyx bore him by herself, along with all her other children.

Regardless of the presence or absence of Moros' father, this would make him the brother of the Moirai, or the Fates. Among his other siblings are Thanatos and Ker, who represent the physical aspects of death—Ker being the bringer of violent death and terminal sickness, while Thanatos represents a peaceful passing.

Mythology[edit]

In Prometheus Bound, the titular Titan suggests that he gave humanity the spirit Elpis in order to help them ignore the inevitability of Moros. He is also referred to as "the all-destroying god, who, even in the realm of Death, does not set his victim free," further supporting his image as representative of the inevitability of death and suffering.

References[edit]

  1. ^ μόρος. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  2. ^ "Greek Gods and Goddesses". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  3. ^ "Greek Mythology: Personification". Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2009.