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Pallas (Titan)

In Greek mythology, Pallas (/ˈpæl əs/ ) (Greek: Πάλλας) was one of the Titans. According to Hesiod, he was the son of Crius and Eurybia, the brother of Astraeus and Perses, the husband of Styx, and the father of Zelus ("Emulation" or "Glory"), Nike ("Victory"), Kratos ("Strength" or "Power"), and Bia ("Might" or "Force").[1] Hyginus says that Pallas, who he calls "the giant", also fathered with Styx: Scylla, Fontes ("Fountains") and Lacus ("Lakes").[2] Pallas was sometimes regarded as the Titan god of warcraft and of the springtime campaign season.[3][4]

The Homeric Hymn to Hermes makes the moon goddess Selene (usually the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia), the daughter of Pallas the son of Megamedes (otherwise unknown), who may perhaps be identified with this Pallas.[5] Ovid uses the patronymic "Pallantias" or "Pallantis" as another name for Aurora, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Eos ("Dawn"), who was the sister of Selene; Ovid apparently regarding Aurora (or Eos) as the daughter of (or otherwise related to) Pallas.[6]

The Suda in discussing Athena's epithet "Pallas" suggests a possible derivation "from brandishing (pallein) the spear".[7] The geographer Pausanias reports that Pellene, a city in Achaea, was claimed by its inhabitants to be named after Pallas, while the Argives claimed it was named for the Argive Pellen.[8]


  1. ^ Hard, p. 49; Hesiod. Theogony, 375-383; Apollodorus, 1.2.2, 1.2.4. Compare with Pausanias, 8.18.1–2.
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface.
  3. ^ Daly, Greek and Roman, pg. 109
  4. ^ "PALLAS: Greek Titan god of warcraft". 
  5. ^ Hard, p. 46; Vergados, p. 313; Hymn to Hermes (4), 99–100.
  6. ^ Ovid, Fasti, 4.373, Metamorphoses 9.418, 15.191, 700; Frazer, p. 292; Keightley, p. 62; Vergados, p. 313; York, p. 39; Smith, "Pallantias".
  7. ^ Suda s.v. (Pallas)Παλλάς.
  8. ^ Pausanias, 7.26.12.


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