), a son of Chaos, begot Aether and Heinera by Nyx, his sister. (Hesiod. Theog.
123.) Hyginus (Fab.
p. 1) and Cicero (de Nat. Deor.
3.17) enumerate many personifications of abstract notions as the offspring of Erebos.
The name signifies darkness, and is therefore applied also to the dark and gloomy space under the earth, through which the shades pass into Hades. (Hom. Il.
viii. p. 368; comp. HADES.