From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

In Greek mythology, Eleos (Ancient Greek Ἔλεος m.) was the personification of pity, mercy, and compassion. He was the child of Erebus and Nyx.

There was an altar in Athens dedicated to him,[1] at which children of Heracles sought refuge from Eurystheus' prosecution.[2] Adrastus also came to this altar after the loss of the battle of Seven Against Thebes, praying that those who died in the battle be buried.[3][4]

According to a local inscription,[5] Eleos was also worshipped at Epidaurus.


  1. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. 17. 1
  2. ^ Bibliotheca 2. 8. 1.
  3. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 7. 1.
  4. ^ Scholia to Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, 258
  5. ^ Inscriptiones Graecae, 4. 1282

External links[edit]