Paul-Alfred de Curzon 1820-1895. with Salviati and Facchina, Aurora and Cephalus, 1868-74. Detail of the decorative ceiling mosaic in the L’Opera Garnier. Paris.


Eos, goddess of the dawn, fell in love with a mortal man, Cephalus, and carried him away. She bore him a son, whom she named Phaethon. Her Roman equivalent is Aurora.

Sacrifices to Cephalus and his mortal wife, Procris, are recorded on the sacred calendar from Thorikos, in southern Attica, circa 430 BCE.


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