Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 257
Styx was the son of Night; he had fought on the side of the Olympians, and for this reason Zeus accorded him the privilege of being guarantor of vows made by the gods. Whenever a god wanted to bind himself by a vow, a ewer of water was drawn from the Styx and taken back to Olympus as a witness to the vow. If the god perjured himself, he was deprived of breath for an entire year, and for nine years he lived away from divine assemblies. The name of Styx was given a stream in Arcadia whose waters were supposed to have harmful properties; it was a strong poison broken up by metals that were thrown into it. This stream was considered to be a resurgence of the underworld river.
In another tradition, Styx was a Greek chthonic underworld goddess, the daughter of Okeanos and Tethys, and mother of Nike. She was the deity of the river Styx beside which the gods swore their oaths. A.G.H.
Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 136
Selene, radiant, Greek moon goddess, was the daughter of Hyperion and sister of Helios. She is the tutelary deity of magicians, and rides in a chariot drawn by two horses. According to legend she falls in love with the sleeping Endymion. She becomes largely syncretized with Hekate and in Roman culture is equated with goddess Luna. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 232
Rhea was thought of as the primordial goddess in the Greek pantheon, being the daughter of Uranus and Gaea, and sister and wife of Cronus, and mother of Zeus and other gods of Olympus. Knowledge of her comes from the Theogony by Hesiod and the Iliad by Homer. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 221
The story of Psyche (Soul) and her love for Eros (Love) is contained in the novel Metamorphoses, which was written about the middle of the second century AD, by Apuleius, a Platonist. The story, while making for pleasant reading, has significant philosophical symbolism.
Psyche was the daughter of a king, and she and her two sisters were very beautiful, but Psyche out shown her sisters. Her radiant charms seemed more than human, and people came from far and wide to admire her, and then they began to worship her as if she was a new Aphrodite. Psyche’s sister had no difficulty in finding husbands, but Psyche remained in her father’s house without suitors. The king despaired of ever finding a husband for her, and he consulted the oracle, which gave a sinister reply. It said to adorn the girl as though for her wedding and lead her in a procession to the mountainside, where she was to be abandoned on top of a rock. There a monster would come for her and take her. Psyche’s parents were in despair. Yet they had to obey the decree, which was evidently the will of the gods.
(The story of Psyche and Eros legend is continued in Eros.)
Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 173