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Geras

Geras

Name:
Geras
God of:
Old Age
Title:
None
Symbols:
None
Weapons/Items:
Walking Stick
Roman Name:
Senectus
Siblings:
Parents:


Geras (Γῆρας) was the daimon or god of old age (sometimes only the personification). He was depicted as a very small, skinny, and shrivelled up old man. His counterpart was Hebe, the goddess of youth. He was the son of Nyx and Erebos. His Roman name is Senectus.

Parents

Nyx

Ancient Text

"And Nyx (Night) bare hateful Moros (Doom) and black Ker (Violent Death) and Thanatos (Death), and she bare Hypnos (Sleep) and the tribe of Oneiroi (Dreams). And again the goddess murky Nyx, though she lay with none, bare Momos (Blame) and painful Oizys (Misery), and the Hesperides . . . Also she bare the Moirai (Fates) and the ruthless avenging Keres (Death-Fates) . . . Also deadly Nyx bare Nemesis (Envy) to afflict mortal men, and after her, Apate (Deceit) and Philotes (Friendship) and hateful Geras (Old Age) and hard-hearted Eris (Strife)."
- Hesiod, Theogony 211 ff (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.)

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