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Hemera
Primordial goddess of the day
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Hemera (1881) by "William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Personal Information
Consort "Aether
Children "Gaia
"Uranus
"Thalassa
"Pontus
Parents "Erebus and "Nyx
Siblings "Aether, "Hypnos, "Thanatos, "Oizys, "Momus, "Apate, "Clotho, "Lachesis, "Oneiroi, "Atropos, "Eris (Hesiod), "Furies (variant accounts), "Momus, "Moros,
Roman equivalent "Dies

In "Greek mythology Hemera ("/ˈhɛmərə/; "Ancient Greek: Ἡμέρα "[hɛːméra] ""day") was the personification of day and one of the "Greek primordial deities. She is the goddess of the daytime and, according to "Hesiod, the daughter of "Erebus and "Nyx (the goddess of night).[1] Hemera is remarked upon in "Cicero's "De Natura Deorum, where it is logically determined that Dies (Hemera) must be a god, if "Uranus is a god.[2] The poet "Bacchylides states that Nyx and "Chronos are the parents, but "Hyginus in his preface to the Fabulae mentions "Chaos as the mother/father and Nyx as her sister.

She was the female counterpart of her brother and consort, "Aether (Light), but neither of them figured actively in myth or "cult. Hyginus lists their children as Uranus, "Gaia, and "Thalassa (the primordial sea goddess), while "Hesiod only lists "Thalassa as their child.

According to Hesiod's Theogony, Hemera left "Tartarus just as Nyx entered it; when Hemera returned, Nyx left:[3]

"Nyx and Hemera draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze: and while the one is about to go down into the house, the other comes out at the door."

"Pausanias seems to confuse her with "Eos when saying that she carried "Cephalus away. Pausanias makes this identification with Eos upon looking at the tiling of the royal portico in "Athens, where the myth of Eos and Kephalos is illustrated. He makes this identification again at "Amyklai and at "Olympia, upon looking at statues and illustrations where Eos (Hemera) is present.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hesiod. "Theogony, 124-125.
  2. ^ Cicero. De Natura Deorum, 3.17.
  3. ^ Hesiod. Theogony, 744.
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