A primordial god, the personification of darkness.
A son of Chaos, he begot Aether, Moros, Hubris, Charon, Eros, the Ceres and Hemera by Nyx, his sister. (Theogony of Hesiod 123.) Hyginus and Cicero enumerate many personifications of abstract notions as the offspring of Erebos. The name signifies darkness and is therefore applied also to the dark and gloomy space under the earth, through which the shades pass, into Hades.
"The three Fates were born of Erebus
and Night. Clothed in white, they spin, measure out, and sever
the thread of each human life. Clotho spins the thread. Lachesis
measures it. Atropos wields the shears."
Fasti By Ovid. Book V: Introduction Book VI: June 30 Mentioned.
"Meleager, then, stayed at home with Cleopatra, nursing the anger which he felt by reason of his mother's curses. His mother, grieving for the death of her brother, prayed the gods, and beat the earth with her hands, calling upon Hades and on awful Proserpine; she went down upon her knees and her bosom was wet with tears as she prayed that they would kill her son--and Erinys that walks in darkness and knows no truth heard her from Erebus. From The Iliad IX
(116-138) "Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundations of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Eros (Love), fairest among the deathless gods, who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind and wise counsels of all gods and all men within them. From Chaos came forth Erebus and black Night; but of Night were born Aether and Day, whom she conceived and bare from union in love with Erebus." Theogony of Hesiod
"But when far-seeing Zeus, the lord of the thunder-peal, had
heard the thing, he sent to Erebus the slayer of Argos, the God
of the golden wand, to win over Hades with soft words, and
persuade him to bring up holy Persephone into the light, and
among the Gods, from forth the murky gloom, that so her mother
might behold her, and that her anger might relent."
Hymn to Demeter