Soter (daimon)

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In Greek mythology, Soter (Σωτήρ "Saviour, Deliverer") was the personification or daimon of safety, preservation and deliverance from harm.[1] Suidas makes him the brother and husband of Praxidike and by her the father of Ktesios, Arete and Homonoia.[2] (Note that both Soter and Ktesios were also cult titles of Zeus). In the Orphic Hymns[3] Praxidike was identified with Persephone, Soter with Zeus, and their daughters Praxidikai with the Erinyes. Aeschylus references Soter as the husband of Peitharchia and father of Eupraxia.[4]

Soteria (Σωτηρία), personification of the abstract concept of safety and salvation, was also worshipped by the Greeks. She had a sanctuary in Patrae, which was believed to have been founded by Eurypylos of Thessaly.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theoi Project - Soter
  2. ^ Suidas s.v. Praxidike
  3. ^ Orphic Hymn 29 to Persephone
  4. ^ Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes 223 ff
  5. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 7. 19. 7; 7. 21. 7; 7. 24. 3