Geras – Wikipedia

Ancient Greek deity

Personification birthday calculator
Old age
Pelike Geras Louvre G234.jpgGeras, detail of an Attic red-figure pelike, c. 480 – 470 BC, Louvre
Abode Erebus
Personal information
Parents Nyx[1] and Erebus[2]
Siblings Moros, Keres, Thanatos, Hypnos, Oneiroi, Oizys, Hesperides, Moirai, Nemesis, Apate, Philotes, Momus, Eris, Styx, Dolos, Ponos, Euphrosyne, Epiphron, Continentia, Petulantia, Misericordia, Pertinacia
Roman equivalent Senectus

In Greek mythology, Geras (Ancient Greek: Γῆρας, romanized: Gễras), also written Gēras, was the god of old age. He was depicted as a tiny, shriveled old man. Gēras’s opposite was Hebe, the goddess of youth. His Roman equivalent was Senectus. He is known primarily from vase depictions that show him with the hero Heracles; the mythic story that inspired these depictions has been lost.


According phệ Hesiod, Geras is one of the many sons và daughters that Nyx produced parthenogenetically. [ tam ] However, both Hyginus & Cicero add Erebus, Nyx’s consort, as his father. [ bốn ] [ 5 ]In the myth of Tithonus, the mortal prince received immortality, but not agelessness, from the gods so sánh when old age came Khủng him he kept aging & shrinking but không bao giờ dying. In the over Eos turned Tithonus into a cicada. [ 6 ] In several ancient Greek vases Geras is depicted fighting Heracles, although no relevant written myth survives. Geras is presented as an old, wrinkled bald man begging for mercy. [ 7 ]Philostratus claimed that the people of Gadeira phối up altars béo Geras & Thanatos. [ tám ]


Geras as embodied in humans represented a virtue: the more gēras a man acquired, the more kleos (fame) and arete (excellence and courage) he was considered to have. In ancient Greek literature, the related word géras (γέρας) can also carry the meaning of influence, authority or power; especially that derived from fame, good looks and strength claimed through success in battle or contest. Such uses of this meaning can be found in Homer’s Odyssey, throughout which there is an evident concern from the various kings about the géras they will pass to their sons through their names.[9] The concern is significant because kings at this time (such as Odysseus) are believed to have ruled by common assent in recognition of their powerful influence, rather than hereditarily.[10][11] The Greek word γῆρας (gĕras) means “old age” or in some other literature “dead skin” or “slough of a snake”; this word is the root of English words such as “geriatric”.[12]

See also[edit]

  • Cumaean Sibyl
  • Elli, Norse personification of old age
  • Gerascophobia




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