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(Πόρος/Póros). Personification of ways and means and of riches. Son of Metis. After the gods' banquet for Aphrodite's birthday, P. lies drunk in Zeus' garden; Penia (poverty) approaches him and wishes to have a child with him. The product of this union is Eros [1]  (Pl. Symp. 203b; Lydus Mens. 4,154). In a Christian context (Euseb. Praep. ev. 12,11), Zeus' garden is a symbol for Paradise, Penia for the evil serpent and P. for man himself.

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Thurmann, Stephanie (Kiel), “Poros”, 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 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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