In Greek mythologyy, Hemera (Greek Ημέρα) was the female personification of day and one of the Protogenoi (primordial goddess). She is the goddess of the daytime and the daughter of Erebus and Nyx (the goddess of "the night"). Mentioned in Hesiod's Theogony and remarked in Cicero's De Natura Deorum. In Bacchylides it is stated that Nyx and Kronos are the parents but Hyginus in his Preface mentions Khaos as the mother/ father and Nyx as her sister.

Day (Hemera), William-Adolphe Bouguereau

She was the female counterpart of her brother and consort, Aether (Light), but neither of them figured actively in myth or cult.

Hemera left Tartarus just as Nyx entered it; when Hemera returned, Nyx left.


The name itself: (Gr. Ημερα, Ionian Ημερη) Hemera means Day. She has other names like Amar or Dies which both of them mean Day. Dies is the Roman equivalent of Hemera. Hemera is the Latin spelling. The correct Greek spelling would be Hêmerê and means day.

Hyginus is also our source when it comes to her offspring. He tells us that Ouranos, Gaia and Thalassa (the primordial sea goddess) are her children with her brother Aither.

Pausanias seems to confuse Her with Eos when saying that She carried Kephalos away. Pausanias makes this identification with Eos upon looking to the tiling of the royal portico in Athens where the myth of Eos and Kephalos is illustrated. He makes this identification again at Amyclae and at Olympia upon looking at statues and illustrations where Eos (Hemera) is present

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