Why did Zeus fear Nyx


Nyx personifies night (darkness) in Greek mythology. She is shown driving on a chariot with black wings. According to Homer, even Zeus feared the night. The Nyx corresponds to the Roman Nox.

There are various traditions about the origin of the Nyx: Like Gaia and Erebos, the Nyx also emerged from the primal chaos. According to the stories of the Orphics, however, she was there from the beginning, was fertilized by the wind - the Aithir - and laid the silver egg in the lap of darkness from which Eros hatched, the gold-winged, bisexual, all-moving god.

In this egg there is said to have been a yawning, hollow space at the top - the chaos. Below was "the other," and that was Gaia, the Great Mother; or there were Oceanus below - in the opinion of the Orphics, the oldest of the gods and therefore not to be confused with the Titan Oceanus - and Tethys, another great goddess and in this case just as little to be confused with the Titaness Tethys, who were the first to mate, and created all gods and living beings.

According to Hesiod, it was darkness first, from which chaos - the yawning, hollow space - sprang. Both mated with each other and the night (Nyx), the day (Hemera), the air (Aither) and the darkness of the depths of the earth (Erebos) emerged.

Still according to Hesiod's philosophical creation myth, Nyx and Erebos mated, and in addition to sleep and dreams, the evils of the world arose: ruin, old age, death, discord, anger, misery and renunciation, the nemesis, the moiren and the hesperides, the appear here as threatening aspects of the moon goddess - but also joy, friendship and pity. The daughter of the two is also Styx, who, as Okeanine, is also said to be the eldest daughter of Okeanos and Tethys.