The goddess Nyx (or Nox, Latin version) was the personification of night. In some translations of texts etc. she is just referred to as ‘Night’.
I have chosen Nyx as the topic for my blog because she is somewhat of a shady character and I am interested to find out more about her. In particular, I aim to discuss how ‘night’ is personified and is it a clear and consistent picture through the classical period to modern day?
During my quest for information about this goddess, I have found that she is very obscure in terms of modern scholarship. Even in a well-known book such as Morford and Lenardon’s Classical Mythology she does not have her own entry. Merely a few paragraphs referring to her as ‘Night’, but compared to other sources this is like having a wealth of information. In The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts by Jane Davidson Reid, there is no mention of Nyx or Night here either. I found this surprising since there are art works featuring her, even if they are few and far in between. To further complicate matters, there was the problem of the goddess’ name. She is sometimes referred to simply as ‘Night’ which can cause problems when searching for scholarship, especially since ‘Night’ might not be used in the context of a deity.
As is the case with many deities, there are several different versions of her parentage and offspring. Such versions include Nyx being born from Chaos and pairing with Erebus, her brother and lover; Nyx existing at the same time as Chaos, Erebus and Tartarus and she gives birth to Eros; and also Nyx as the daughter of Phanes. This will be discussed further in the literature section.