The god of darkness

Erebus is a primeval god and a personification.

Erebus is not one of the gods of Mount Olympus. He is instead one of the first gods in creation, and is the god of darkness: "[Erebus] was the Protogenos (primeval god) of darkness," (Theoi Greek Mythology). Erebus is also one of the "basic components of the universe which were emerged at creation." (Theoi Greek Mythology).

Erebus is said to be "the embodiment of primordial darkness," (Encyclopedia Mythica). This could mean that he is the tangible and sentient form of darkness as opposed to the god of it. He is also described instead as a "personification of darkness." (EBSCO), indicating that he is not a god and is instead a thing as opposed to a being. Although it is not clarified which definition is correct, we can infer that all are used in different sub-units of greek mythology.

Erebus's name is also used for Hades, the infernal region below the Earth.

Erebus's fun family:

Erebus's father is Chaos. He is "the son of Chaos (who was the void from which all things developed," (Encyclopedia Mythica). He does not have a mother because Chaos is an object from which everything was created rather than a deity.

Erebus had a relationship with Nyx, who is the god of the night, and also came from Chaos. They had two children: Aether, the light of the upper atmosphere;and Hemera, the protogenos god of day.

Works Cited

Atsma, Aaron J. "EREBUS : Greek Protogenos God of Darkness ; Mythology : EREBOS." EREBUS : Greek Protogenos God of Darkness ; Mythology : EREBOS. Theoi Project, 2011. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

"Erebus." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. 6th ed. N.p.: Columbia UP, 2013. 1. EBSCO Literary Reference Center. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <>.

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Jordan, Michael. Encyclopedia of Gods. N.p.: Facts on File, 1993. Print.