Enyo in Greek Mythology

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Imagine a woman standing on a battlefield. She is surrounded by a scene of chaos and bloodshed. Men struggle against one another, their swords smashing against shields and slicing into flesh. Bronze armor glints in the sun. All around the fighters are the ones who have already fallen, the dead and dying covering the ground with blood and gore. The woman is wild eyed with excitement. She shrieks and screams with delight as more men are injured, more die. Yet the men are somehow oblivious to her presence.

It turns out she isn’t a woman at all. Instead, she is a goddess, and her name is Enyo.

There really is not much information about Enyo in our ancient sources. She played a minor role as the Greek goddess of war. The book Who’s Who in Classical Mythology features the following comment about Enyo :

“She has no mythology and little personality, being no more than a personification of war.”

It is worth noting that while Enyo is commonly thought to be the daughter of the war god Ares - which of course makes sense, given her association with battle and bloodshed - there are alternate versions of her relationship to the Olympian. Some sources portray Enyo as the sister or even the mother of Ares. Regardless of her exact relationship with Ares, it is clear that she was his companion on the battlefield.

The ancient Romans called their goddess of war Bellona.

Select Sources - Books :

The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology
by Pierre Grimal

Who’s Who in Classical Mythology by Michael Grant and John Hazel

Women of Classical Mythology by Robert E. Bell

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