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Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses for Kids - Moros
The myths and legends surrounding Moros, the primordial god of Impending Doom

Moros for kids
Discover the myths surrounding Moros, the Primordial Greek god of Impending Doom, the spirit of hopelessness and depression. The role of Moros was the god of Impending Doom who brought menacing feelings of panic, hopelessness, and helplessness. He represented the inescapable feeling in mortals of meeting their appointed death, destruction or some other terrible fate.

Moros for kids
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. Additional facts about the mythology of individual gods and goddesses can be accessed via the following links:

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Moros, the Greek god of Impending Doom

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.

Picture of Hades, the Underworld

Hades, the Underworld

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".

Pandora's Box

Picture of Pandora's Box and 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:

Family Tree and Genealogy of Moros
The following Family Tree illustrates the genealogy family members and genealogy of Moros, providing an overview of the relationships between Nyx and some of the principle Greek gods and goddesses of darkness and the Underworld.

Moros Family Tree and Genealogy

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


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