Eros, Aphrodite and Peitho

In Greek mythology, Peitho (gr. Πειθώ, "persuasion") was the personification of persuasion and seduction. She was a daughter of Hermes and Aphrodite. Her Roman name was Suada or Suadela.

Peitho was worshipped as a divinity at Sicyon, where she was honoured with a temple in the agora. (Herod. viii. 11; Paus. ii. 7. § 7.) Peitho also occurs as a surname of other divinities, such as Aphrodite, whose worship was said to have been introduced at Athens by Theseus, when he united the country communities into towns (Paus. i. 22. § 3), and of Artemis (ii. 21. 1). At Athens the statues of Peitho and Aphrodite Pandemos stood closely together, and at Megara, too, the statue of Peitho stood in the temple of Aphrodite (Paus. i. 43. § 6), so that the two divinities must he conceived as closely connected, or the one, perhaps, merely as an attribute of the other.

The three loves (Himeros, Eros and Pothos), Penia and Peitho and Aphrodite

The love affair of Paris: Peitho, Helen with Aphrodite, Eros and Paris (as Alexandros) Naples ,Museum Relief


Peitho is also one of the Charites. (Paus. ix. 35. § 1 ; Suid. s. v. Χαρίτες; comp. CHARITES.)


Peitho is also the name of an Oceanid (Hes. Theog. 349.)


Peitho is also the wife of Phoroneus, and the mother of Aegialeus and Apia. (Schol. ad Eurip. Orest. 920.)

See 118 Peitho for the asteroid.


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