Aidos | Greek Goddess

Aidos Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Aedos (in classical Greek: Αἰδώς) or Aesquine (in classical Greek: Αἰσχύνη) was a Daemon, the personification of shame, humility and modesty, being at the same time the deity who represented the feeling of human dignity, having as a quality respect or shame that represses men from the inappropriate. Its opposite Daemon was Momos, the mocker, its Roman equivalent would be Pudor or Pudicia.

It also embraces the emotion that a rich person could feel in the presence of the poor, that wealth was more a matter of luck than merit. The concept of Aedos is complex and in classical philosophy is still controversial.

According to Pindar it was created by Prometheus in his forge, and in Plato's Protagoras dialogue it is said that it was sent by Zeus together with Dice, justice, when the latter took pity on the self-destructive chaos in which man lived after receiving fire from Prometheus.

Hesiod, in turn, tells us that she will be, together with Nemesis, the distributive justice, the last goddess to leave the earth and return to Olympus when the Iron Age was ending in a bloodbath and immorality.

There are also references to her in various works, such as Aeschylus' Prometheus in Chains, Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, and Sophocles' Oedipus in Colono.

She was considered a physical deity, and as such had an altar near the ancient temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens, in Sparta there was an ancient iconarium with her sacred image, and two shrines in Rome were dedicated to her.