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Also known as Nox, was a daughter of Chaos, who became the wife of Erebos and bore to him two children, Aether and Hemera. Nyx was looked on as the goddess of night, and to her was attributed power over illness, suffering, dreams, misfortunes, quarrels, war, murder, sleep and death. In fact, anything inexplicable or frightening that befell men was attributed to her. She was supposed to occupy a place in the lower world of the Greeks, together with Day. When this latter entered the palace, Nyx would ride out in a black chariot drawn by two dark steeds, and accompanied by many stars, she would traverse the heavens until daybreak, when she would return to the palace.She was depicted as a serious figure clad in long heavy drapery, on her head a black star-spangled veil. She sported black wings, and carried two children in her arms. One was black (Death), the other white (Sleep).

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