Geras

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For the municipality in Austria, see Geras, Austria. For the political scientist, see Norman Geras.
Geras, detail of an Attic red-figure pelike, ca. 480 BC–470 BC, Louvre

In Greek mythology, Geras (Ancient Greek: Γῆρας, Gễras) was the god of old age.[1] It was considered a virtue whereby the more gēras a man acquired, the more kleos (fame) and arete (excellence and courage) he was considered to have. According to Hesiod, Gēras was a son of Nyx.[2] Hyginus adds that his father was Erebus.[3] He was depicted as a tiny shriveled-up old man. Gēras's opposite was Hebe, the goddess of youth. His Roman equivalent was Senectus. He is known primarily from vase depictions that show him with the hero Heracles; the mythic story that inspired these depictions has been entirely lost.

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  1. ^ The distinct word Γέρας, Gĕras means plunder or prize.
  2. ^ Hesiod. Theogony, 225.
  3. ^ Hyginus, Preface.