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HELLENIC MYTHOLOGY --- NYX

NYX was the goddess of the night, one of the ancient Protogeni (first-born elemental gods). In the cosmogony of Hesiod she was born of Air (Khaos), and breeding with Darkness (Erebos) produced Light (Aither) and Day (Hemera), first components of the primeval universe. Alone, she spawned a brood of dark spirits, including the three Fates, Sleep, Death, Strife and Pain.

Nyx was a primeval goddess usually represented as simply the substance of night: a veil of dark veil of mist drawn forth from the underworld which blotted out the light of Aither (shining upper atmosphere). Her opposite number was Hemera (Day), who scattered the mists of night, or Eos, the goddess of the dawn.

In ancient art Nyx was portrayed as either a winged goddess on a charioteer, sometimes crowned with an aureole of dark mist.

 

PHRASE OF INSPIRATION

Orphic Hymn 3 to Nyx (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.) :
"To Nyx (Night), Fumigation with Torches. Nyx, parent goddess, source of sweet repose from whom at first both Gods and men arose. Hear, blessed Kypris [Aphrodite], decked with starry light, in sleep’s deep silence dwelling ebon night! Dreams (Oneiroi) and soft ease attend thy dusky train, pleased with the lengthened gloom and feastful strain, dissolving anxious care, the friend of mirth, with darkling coursers riding round the earth. Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play, whose drowsy power divides the natural day; by fate’s decree you constant send the light to deepest hell, remote from mortal sight; for dire necessity (ananke), which naught withstands, invests the world with adamantine bands. Be present, Goddess, to thy suppliant’s prayer, desired by all, whom all alike revere, blessed, benevolent, with friendly aid dispel the fears of twilight’s dreadful shade."



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:iconastralsleep76:
Astralsleep76 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
Hermoso.......................
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famer17 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
Beautiful Artwork. Featured on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=71wF88…
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atram95 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you! I am happy you enjoy my drawing! ^_^
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VasileiosNikolas Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Perfect painting again as always....
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks!!! ^_^
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AppleSara Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Godd job :) ! I love her dress.
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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:iconapplesara:
AppleSara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
You're welcome.
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Phoebici Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely ADORE your artwork, especially the Nyx series. She's absolutely stunning.
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Wubjubjub666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very  beautiful I love this
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Typthis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her dress is very pretty. It reminds me of what cities look like when you fly over them at night.
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Aw, yeah it does somewhat ^_^
Thank you for the lovely comment :D
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nikethegoddess Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Stunning! :)
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! Heart 
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ivy020 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, that's lovely! Um, based on the houses, this isn't in Ancient Greece, right? And her dress, too, doesn't seem. . . Greek. But I LOVE the background and shading!
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EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Well... Lets just say that is what she would look like if she walked through Greece today... Or through the world for that matter, I think I have several types of houses, some used even in ancient times and a temple in there. And the dress... is more based off a phrase I read that said that she was shrouded in darkness and stars and that is kinda how I pictured that... Thank you for your comment! ^_^ Heart 
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MariaTenebre Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Well she is a Goddess so technically it wouldn't be out of the question for her to have a fantastic outfit even in ancient times.
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ivy020 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, it's lovely!
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful design!
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EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! Heart 
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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CleverMessenger Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
that's so pretty!
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you ^_^
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CleverMessenger Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
np~
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AnnRita45 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the wings!!! the attire and accessories also match well, too!!! bravo!!!
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EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! Heart Clap 
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AnnRita45 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
but of course
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PoisonDLucy13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Just totally amazing!
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EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Heart :happybounce: 
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PoisonDLucy13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome
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Druce-White-Owl Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Writer
Well, I guess I've found a new desktop background! This is gorgeous work, the transition from day to night is just beautiful.
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you!! I had a lot of fun drawing that transition part ^_^
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rachelthepessimist Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She is lovely. I love how you portrayed her, carrying the night in her step.
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed her. :)
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Denii-kun Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Beautiful!
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D <3
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Denii-kun Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Welcome 8-)
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DragoonVulpi Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Ah, you really did make a new Nyx after all like I think you said earlier.  

But anyway, I still kind of like the 2011 version of Nyx just a little bit better due to it showing her create her "children" and let them spread into the world.  However, I certainly do like this interpretation of her.  Really love how her dress becomes the night of the world, cloaking it in darkness.  And it's a peaceful darkness too, not the ominous kind.  Which I think represents her well, since Nyx was never meant to be depicted as evil.

And I love the wings; they're angelic, but also have a bit of a dark side to them.  
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EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Yeah the themes are different with each Nyx I will be doing... Maybe next time I will have her surrounded by her babies ^_^ It will be a while till next time though, too many other things half finished.

Thank you for your lovely comment, I am happy that you like her :)
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Exquerelin Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Amazing! Very beautiful.
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:iconemanuellakozas:
EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner May 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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