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AERGIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Name Translation
Αεργια Aergia Socordia Sloth, Laziness,
Idleness (aergia)

AERGIA was the female spirit (daimon) of idleness, laziness, indolence and sloth. Her opposite number was probably Hormes (Effort). N.B. Aergia is the presumed Greek form of the Latin Socordia mentioned by Hyginus. Although his list of abstractions derives from a Greek source, the names have mostly been translated into Latin.

PARENTS

AITHER & GAIA (Hyginus Preface)


Pseudo-Hyginus, Preface (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"From Aether (Air) and Terra (Earth) [were born]: Dolor (Pain), Dolus (Guile), Ira (Rage), Luctus (Lamentation), Mendacium (Lies), Jusjurandum (Oath), Ultio (Vengeance), Intemperantia (Intemperance), Altercatio (Altercation), Oblivio (Forgetfulness), Socordia (Sloth) [i.e. Aergia], Timor (Fear), Superbia (Pride), Incestum (Incest), Pugna (Combat)."

Statius, Thebaid 10. 90 ff (trans. Mozley) (Roman epic C1st A.D.) :
"[In] the hollow recesses of a deep and rocky cave . . . [are] set the halls of lazy Somnus [Hypnos, Sleep] and his untroubled dwelling. The threshold is guarded by shady Quies (Quiet) and dull Oblivio [Lethe, Forgetfulness] and torpid Ignavia [Aergia, Sloth] with ever drowsy countenance. Otia (Ease) and Silentia (Silence) with folded wings sit mute in the forecourt."


Sources:

  • Hyginus, Fabulae - Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.
  • Statius, Thebaid - Latin Epic C1st A.D.