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Phosphoros
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(Φωσφόρος/Phōsphóros, 'bringer of light'; also Ἑωσφόρος/Heōsphóros, 'bringer of dawn'; Latin Lucifer [1], cf. Cic. Nat. D. 2,53). Term for the planet Venus as a light-bringing human-friendly morning star, which is identical - as was recognised at an early stage - to the evening star Hesperos (Parmenides, 28 A 1 DK; Pl. Epin. 987b). In mythology, however, the idea of two stars always remained: here P., like Hesperos, is a son of the dawn Eos and the Titan Astraeus (Hes. Theog. 378ff. and West ad loc.; Nonn. Dion. 6,15ff.) or of Cephalus [1]. His son is the king Ceyx of Trachis…

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Walde, Christine (Basle), “Phosphoros”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e923910>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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