"Fear." The personification of panic fear, son of Ares and Cytherea [Aphrodite]. He and his brother Deimos accompanied their father in battle.

Pausanias1 mentions that Phobus was represented on the shield of Agamemnon and on the chest of Cypsellus, with the head of a lion. Plutarch mentions a temple of Fear at Sparta.2



  1. Description of Greece v, 19.1.
  2. Cleomenes, 18, p. 808


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  • Grimal, Pierre; Kershaw, Stephen. (1992). The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology. London: Penguin Books.
  • Hesiod. Theogony, 934.
  • Homer. Iliad xii, 37; xiii, 299; xv, 119.
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