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In Greek mythology, Amechania or Amekhania (Ancient Greek: Àμηχανίην) was the spirit of helplessness. She was regarded as a close companion (and sister) of Penia and Ptocheia. She was virtually identical to Aporia. Amechania was mentioned by ancient Greek authors such as Alcaeus[1] and Herodotus.[2]


  1. ^ Alcaeus, fr. 364
  2. ^ Herodotus, Histories 8.111.1


  • Herodotus, The Histories with an English translation by A. D. Godley. Cambridge. Harvard University Press. 1920. ISBN 0-674-99133-8. Online version at the Topos Text Project. Greek text available at Perseus Digital Library.