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(Πόθος/Póthos, Lat. Pothus). Daimon (Demons); personification of pressing yearning, often for something distant; the initial distinction from Eros [1] and Himeros, longing for somebody or something present (Plat. Crat. 420a), becomes blurred in later times. P. is sometimes considered the son of Zephyrus or Eros (Plat. Symp. 197d) and  Kypris and the brother of Peitho (Aeschyl. Supp. 1038 ff.). P. was also depicted among the followers of Aphrodite and Dionysus (Paus. 1,43,6; Plin. HN 36,25). An association with death is also documente…

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Börm, Henning (Kiel), “Pothos”, 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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