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In "Greek mythology, Zelus or Zelos "/ˈzləs/ ("Greek: Ζῆλος, Zēlos, literally "zeal") was the "daimon son of "Pallas and "Styx.[1] Zelus and siblings "Nike (Victory), "Kratos (Strength) and "Bia (Force) were winged enforcers who stood in attendance at Zeus' throne and formed part of his "retinue.[2][3]

Zelus personifies dedication, emulation, eager rivalry, envy, jealousy, and zeal[3] The English word "zeal" is derived from his name.["citation needed]

Zelos may have also been identified with "Agon, the personification of romantic jealousy, and was closely connected with "Eris.["citation needed] His Roman name was "Invidia, which, in Latin, meant "to look against in a hostile manner". Because of its relation to Zelus, his Roman form was sometimes associated with the "seven deadly sins.


  1. ^ "Hesiod, "Theogony 383–5.
  2. ^ "Hesiod, "Theogony 386–7.
  3. ^ a b "Zelus". GreekMythology.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 

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