Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A to Z Challenge: S is for Styx

You've heard of Styx, right? The ancient river that kept people inside Hades. But it wasn't only a river. Styx is also the name of the oldest daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. She aided Zeus in his battle with the Titans. Zeus honored her by by making vows made in Styx's name irrevocable even for gods.
The name Styx means hate or detest. (Aren't you glad you're not named Styx?) Styx was the wife to Pallas and bore him Zelus, Nike, Kratos, and Bia.

Another note of interest: As of July 2013, Styx became the name of one Pluto's moons. The other moons--Charon, Nix, Hydra, and Kerberos, also have names from Greco-Roman mythology.

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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I had no idea it was a a woman's name as well. She must not have been the favored child with a meaning like that.

    I can finally stump my son on his Greek knowledge with this one.