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Philotes, Amicitia to the Romans, was the personification of affection and friendship. According to Hesiod's Theogony, she is the unfathered daughter of Nyx, goddess of the night, and sister to Cer, Thanatos, Hypnos, Oneiros, Moros, Nemesis, Oizys, Momus, Geras, Apate, and Eris, as well as the three Fates: Clotho, Laechisis, Atropos.

"Loving Philotes" -Theogony 224


The Liturgy of Love, by Epaphroditus paints a different picture of Philotes' origins. Subtitled "The Proclamation of The Order of Philotes" The Liturgia Philotetos described her as the daughter of Aphrodite. Unlike her mother, or her brother Eros, Philotes is quite plain in appearance. This is because she is not a goddess of passion or romantic love, but of affection.



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