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][4]

Family[edit]

He is the offspring of Nyx, the primordial goddess of the night. Morus is therefore the brother of the Moirai, or the Fates, who controlled destiny.[5] Moros' siblings Thanatos and Ker represented the physical aspects of death—Ker being the bringer of violent death and terminal sickness, while Thanatos represented a peaceful passing away.[2]

It is suggested by Gaius Julius Hyginus that Moros was sired by Erebus, although in Hesiod's Theogony it is suggested that Nyx bore him by herself, along with his other siblings.

Moros in 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.[6] He is also referred to as "the all-destroying god, who, even in the realm of Death, does not set his victim free,"[7] 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. ^ a b "MORUS & OLETHRUS : Greek god or spirit of doom & day of death ; mythology : MOROS & OLETHROS". Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Greek Gods and Goddesses". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Greek Mythology: Personification". Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Moros". www.greekmythology.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  6. ^ "AESCHYLUS, PROMETHEUS BOUND - Theoi Classical Texts Library". www.theoi.com. Retrieved 2018-05-13. 
  7. ^ "AESCHYLUS, SUPPLIANT WOMEN - Theoi Classical Texts Library". www.theoi.com. Retrieved 2018-05-13.