Volkswagen Eos and the Greek goddess of the dawn

Volkswagen reckons its new coupe/cabriolet will lure people from their slumber, throwing open windows to embrace the day.

Something like that, anyway. The new model is called Eos, after the Greek goddess of the dawn. The Romans called her Aurora. The tears of Eos are the morning dew.

Think of Eos as a working mum. Each day, Eos rose with her horse-drawn chariot from the depths of the sea to bring daylight to the world. That was after she got the morning star out of bed and told the wind to get a move on. The Greek gods had her down as mother of the star and wind, too.

She fixed breakfast, got the kids off to Homer’s study group, and asked her husband Tithonus (she was stuck with a mortal man; it was Aphrodite’s fault) to pick up the bread on his way home.

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