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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]

FamilyEdit

Moros is the offspring of Nyx, the primordial goddess of the night. Moros is therefore the brother of the Moirai, or the Fates. Moros' siblings, Thanatos and Ker, represent the physical aspects of death—Ker being the bringer of violent death and terminal sickness, while Thanatos represents a peaceful passing.

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

MythologyEdit

In Prometheus Bound, the titular Titan suggests that he gave humanity the spirit Elpis in order to help them ignore the inevitability of Moros. He is also referred to as "the all-destroying god, who, even in the realm of Death, does not set his victim free," further supporting his image as representative of the inevitability of death and suffering.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ μόρος. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  2. ^ "Greek Gods and Goddesses". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  3. ^ "Greek Mythology: Personification". Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2009.