N3.1 THE CHARIOT OF EOS-HEMERA
|Museum Collection||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
|Catalogue No.||New York 41.162.29|
|Beazley Archive No.||305499|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure (White Ground)|
|Painter||Attributed to the Sappho Painter|
|Date||ca. 500 B.C.|
Eos-Hemera, the goddess of dawn and day, drives a four horse chariot across the sky. She is crowned with and trails a misty ball and veil of light (aither). Nyx, her nocturnal counterpart (see other image), drives in the opposite direction, crowned with and drawing mists of darkness (erebos).
Although the figure is labelled HEOS she appears in the guise of Hemera (Day), opposite number of Nyx (Night), as described in Hesiod's Theogony. Later writers conflate the two goddesses.