A deity of the lower world, sprung from Chaos. From him and his sister Nyx (Night) came
Aether and the Day (Hesiod, Theog.
A dark and gloomy region in the lower world, where all is dreary and cheerless.
According to the Homeric notion, Erebus lay between the earth and Hades, beneath the latter
of which was Tartarus. It was therefore not an abode of the departed, but merely a passage
from the upper to the lower world. Oriental scholars derive the name Erebus from the Hebrew