He represented the inescapable feeling in mortals of meeting their appointed death, destruction or some other terrible fate. Moros was the son of the primordial gods Erebus (God of Darkness) and Nyx (the dark Goddess of Night) and the brother of the many of the dark gods of death, night and the Underworld.
Who was Moros?
Moros was one of the primeval gods who was a son of Nyx was believed to be the mother of everything mysterious and anything that was inexplicable, such as death, disease, sleep, ghosts, dreams, witchcraft and enchantments. His father was Erebus, who reigned in a palace in the dark regions of the Underworld. As the brother of the many of the dark gods of death, night and the Underworld, Moros personified another aspect of the dark side of a mortal's life and possible form of death. He was the force which drove a man towards his fate. The deep feeling of impending doom and hopelessness could be experienced equally before a battle but also in the sanctity of a man's own home. The inability to 'shrug off' the feeling of impending doom led to a life of dark depression with no hope for the future. Moros drove mortals to their death or their doom with thoughts of an unpleasant or disastrous destiny and and unhappy view of the timing of death.
Moros in Ancient Greek Mythology
Moros is featured in the ancient myth relating to the legend of Pandora's Box. According to the Greek writer Aeschylus, it was Prometheus, who saved Hope from leaving the jar of 'troubles' (the many evil spirits which would forever plague mankind) and kept hope alive for mortals, saving mankind from the misery of seeing their doom (moros) with the gift of hope (elpis). Refer to "The Troubles".
Moros (Roman Counterpart was Fatum)
When the Roman Empire conquered the Greeks in 146BC, the Romans assimilated various elements from other cultures and civilisations, including the gods and goddesses that were worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. Many of the Greek gods and goddesses, such as Moros, were therefore adopted by the Romans but were given Latin names. The Roman counterpart of Moros was Fatum, meaning fate.
The Brothers and Sisters of Moros
According to Greek Mythology Moros was the son of Nyx, the dark goddess of Night and Erebus whose province was the Underworld before the emergence of Hades. The siblings of Moros were all death spirits:
Thanatos, twin of Hypnos, a god of Death, the hard-hearted, pitiless, enemy of mankind
The Keres, or “Death Fates” described as 'scavengers who defiled the dead'
Eris the goddess of Discord, quarrels and feuds
Moros the god of old age
Oizys the goddess of distress, anxiety and worry
Hypnos, the god of sleep
Epiphron the demon of shrewdness
Nemesis avenging goddess of Divine Retribution
Charon, the Ferryman
Lyssa, the goddess of mad rage and frenzy
Momus the evil-spirited god of blame and criticism
Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft and ghosts
The Fates, the goddesses of Destiny
The Furies, the goddesses of vengeance and retribution
Moros and the Dynasties of Greek Gods
According to Greek mythology, Moros and the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses consisted of three major dynasties from different generations:
- The First generation of Ancient Greek Gods included Moros
- The Second generation were the Titans
- The Third generation of were the famous Olympian gods