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Styx, the Sacred River of the Oaths

Styx was an Oceanid that personified the sacred river of the gods

Styx was an Oceanid in Greek Mythology and the eldest of the three thousand daughters of the titans Oceanus and Tethys.

Styx and her children Zelus(ambition), Nike(victory), Cratos(power) and Bia(violence) had played a very important role during the battle with the Titans and were therefore specially honored by Zeus to personify the sacred river of the gods.

The river Styx separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. In the waters of the river Styx, the Olympian Gods took oaths; if they should happen to break an oath, they suffered a severe punishment: they were forced to drink from the river and had to go without ambrosia and nectar, the food of the gods, for a year; after this time, the oath-breaker was forbidden to attend the assemblies of the other gods for another nine years.

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