In Greek mythology, Eleos was the personification of pity and mercy.

There was an altar in Athens dedicated to her[1], at which children of Heracles sought refuge from Eurystheus' prosecution[2]. Adrastus also came to this altar after the loss of the battle of Seven Against Thebes, praying that those who died in the battle be buried[3][4].

According to a local inscription[5], Eleos was also worshipped at Epidaurus.


  1. Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. 17. 1
  2. Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. 8. 1.
  3. Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 7. 1.
  4. Scholia to Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, 258
  5. Inscriptiones Graecae, 4. 1282

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