KOALEMOS (Coalemus) was the personified spirit (daimon) of stupidity and foolishness. His name was derived from the words koeô and êleos meaning "to hear foolishness."
Perhaps a son of NYX, though nowhere stated
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
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 dtupidity 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 (Cimon), who, they say, because of his simplicity, was dubbed Koalemos (Coalemus), the Stupid-One."
- Aristophanes, Knights - Greek Comedy C5th - 4th B.C.
- Plutarch, Lives - Greek Historian C1st - 2nd A.D.
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