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KOALEMOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Κοαλεμος Koalemos Coalemus Stupidity,
Foolishness

KOALEMOS was the god or spirit (daimon) of stupidity and foolishness. His name is derived from the words koeô and êleos, meaning "hearing foolishness."

PARENTS

Perhaps a son of NYX, though nowhere stated


Aristophanes, Birds 220 ff (trans. O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.) :
"Come, take a chaplet, offer a libation to Koalemos (Coalemus) the god of Stupidity and take care to fight vigorously."

Plutarch, Life of Cimon 4. 3 (trans. Perrin) (Greek historian C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"He [a man] had the bad name of being dissolute and bibulous, and of taking after his grandfather Kimon, who, they say, because of his simplicity, was dubbed Koalemos (Coalemus), the Stupid-One."


Sources:

  • Aristophanes, Knights - Greek Comedy C5th-4th B.C.
  • Plutarch, Lives - Greek Historian C1st-2nd A.D.