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Algea (Ancient Greek: Ἄλγεα; singular: Ἄλγος) is used by Hesiod in the plural as the personification of pain, both physical and mental, which are there represented as the children of Eris, Greek goddess of strife.[1] They were siblings to Lethe, Limos, Horkos, and Ponos.[2]

Algos in Greek is a neuter noun literally meaning "pain".

The name is related to the word suffix '-algia' denoting a painful condition.[3]

The three known Algea are Lupe (Λυπη – "pain"), Achos (Αχος – "grief"), and Ania (Ανια – "sorrow").[4]


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 227
  2. ^ Grimal, Pierre; A. R. Maxwell-Hyslop (1996). The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 0-631-20102-5.
  3. ^ Etymology online
  4. ^ "ALGEA — Greek Gods or Spirits of Pain, Grief, & Tears".

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLeonhard Schmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Algos". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 131.