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In Greek mythology, Erebus was a primordial god, personification of darkness, offspring of Chaos alone. He was brother of Nyx and father of Aether by himself and, with Nyx, Hemera, Moros, Charon, Eros and the Keres . With Nyx, he fathered Charon and Eros .

According to some later legends, Erebus was part of Hades, the underworld. It was where the dead had to pass immdiately after dying. After Charon ferried them across the river Acheron, they entered Tartarus, the underworld proper.

Erebus was often used as a synonym for Hades, the god.

Mount Erebus is an Antarctic volcano.

Aristophanes, Birds; Hesiod, Theogony.

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