Who was Astraeus?
Astraeus was the second generation of Titan gods and was worshipped as the god of the dusk, the time when the stars come out. He was one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks and worshipped as an he was an astrological deity. His Greek name, Astraios, translates as “dawn of the stars” (from astra meaning “stars” and eos meaning “dawn”). The Titans were the descendents of the first gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The children of the Titans included the famous Olympian gods who included Zeus, Hera, Hestia, Hades and Poseidon and are shown on the Titans Family tree. The legend and myth about Astraeus, the god of the dusk, and the Titans has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World of Greece and the study of the Greek classics.
Facts about Astraeus
Astraeus features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Astraeus:
Alternate Names: Astraios
Role & Function: The function of Astraeus is described as being the god of the dusk, the time when the stars come out
Status: A god in the second dynasty of Titans
Name of Wife / Consort: He married Eos, goddess of the dawn
Name of Father: Crius
Name of Mother: Eurybia
Names of Brothers: Perses and Pallas
Names of Sisters: None
Names of Children: Phosphorus (aka Eosphorus), Hesperus, Phainon, Phaethon, Pyroeis, Stilbon and the Anemoi (Boreas, Notus, Zephyrus and Eurus)
The Children of Astraeus & Eos
The children of Astraeus as god of dusk, nightfall and the evening and Eos the goddess of dawn, the morning and daybreakproduced many children who are associated with what occurs in the sky during the twilight hours. Their son Phosphorus was the god of the Morning Star and the "Light-Bringer". The morning star is an appearance of the planet Venus. Their son Hesperus was the god of the Evening Star, the evening appearance of the planet Venus. Their sons Phainon, Phaethon, Pyroeis, Stilbon, the gods of the wandering stars. Phainon was the god of wandering star and associated with the planet Saturn, Phaethon, the "radiant one" and associated with the planet Jupiter, Pyroeis the Midnight Star and associated with the planet Mars and Stilbon the "glittering one" the god of wandering star and associated with the planet Mercury. They were also the parents of the wind gods who were collectively known as the Anemoi whose names were Boreas, Notus, Zephyrus and Eurus. The Anemoi were the gods of the winds and were also associated with various seasons and various weather conditions. Boreas was the god of the north wind and bringer of cold winter air, Notus was the god of the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn, Zephyrus was the god of the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes and Eurus was the god of the east wind.