A son of Hermes and Herse, was carried off by Eos, who became by him the mother of Tithonus in Syria.1 Hyginus2 makes him a son of Hermes by Creusa, or of Pandion, and Hesiod3 makes Phaethon the son of Cephalus instead of Tithonus.

See also Cephalus, the son of Deion and Diomede, who was likewise said to have been carried off by Eos.


On the pediment of the kingly Stoa in the Cerameicus at Athens, and on the temple of Apollo at Amyclae, the carrying off of Cephelus by Hemera (not Eos) was represented.4



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 14.3.
  2. Fabulae, 160, 270.
  3. Theogony, 986.
  4. Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 3.1; iii, 18.7.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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