Personification of terror
|Parents||Ares and Aphrodite|
|Siblings||Erotes, Phobos, Phlegyas, Harmonia, Enyalios, Thrax, Oenomaus, and Amazons|
|Roman equivalent||Formido or Metus|
|Heroes and heroism|
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Deimos // (Ancient Greek: Δεῖμος, pronounced [dêːmos], meaning “dread”) is the personal god of dread and terror in Greek mythology. He was a son of Ares and Aphrodite, and the twin brother of Phobos. Deimos served to represent the feelings of dread and terror that befell those before a battle, while Phobos personified feelings of fear and panic in the midst of battle.
The god’s Roman equivalent was Formido or Metus.
Deimos was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He mainly appears in an assistant role to his father who causes disorder in armies. In the Iliad, he accompanied his father, Ares, into battle along with the Goddess of Discord Eris and his twin brother Phobos (fear). In Shield of Herakles, Phobos and Deimos accompany Ares into battle and remove him from the field once he is injured by Herakles. In Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Zeus arms Phobos with lightning and Deimos with thunder to frighten Typhon. Later in the work, Phobos and Deimos act as Ares' charioteers to battle Dionysus during his war against the Indians.