One foot on the waves, the other gently touching the earth. 

Two vases she carries; water, pure dew from the sea. 

Aurora was the Roman goddess of the dawn. The Greeks called her Eos. 

She was the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia and the sister of Helios (the sun god) and Selene (the moon goddess). 

Every morning, Aurora arose from the sea and rode in her horse-drawn chariot across the sky ahead of the sun, carrying a pitcher from which she sprinkled dew upon the earth.

Aurora’s first husband was the Titan Astraeus. 

They had several sons: the winds Boreas, Eurus, Notus, and Zephyrus as well as the morning star Eosphorus and the evening star Hesperus. 

Aurora’s beauty caused Mars, the god of war, to take an interest in her. This angered Venus (Aphrodite) *, who caused Aurora to fall in love with a number of mortals. 

She married one of them, Tithonus, and begged Zeus * to make him immortal. Zeus granted her wish, but she had forgotten to ask for Tithonus’s eternal youth too. 

As a result, he continued to age until he became decrepit and shriveled. Aurora shut him away in his room until the gods finally took pity on him and turned him into a cicada.

Photo: Aurora Sculpture by John Gibson. Born: 1791, Gyffin, nr Conway, Gwynedd, Wales Died: 1866, Rome, Italy. 

Museum of History, Cardiff Wales 

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