Dysnomia (deity)

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Dysnomia /dɪsˈnmiə/ (Δυσνομία; "lawlessness"), imagined by Hesiod among the daughters of "abhorred Eris" ("Strife"),[1] is the daemon of "lawlessness", who shares her nature with Atë ("ruin"); she makes rare appearances among other personifications in poetical contexts that are marginal in ancient Greek religion but become central to Greek philosophy: see Plato's Laws.


In a surviving fragment of Solon's poems, a contrast is made to Eunomia, a name elsewhere given to one of the Horae, the embodiments of order. Both were figures of rhetoric and poetry; neither figured in myth or Greek religious cult — although other personifications did, like Harmonia, "Agreement";[2] whether Harmonia is only a personification is debatable.[3]

In 2005, Dysnomia was chosen as the name for the moon of the dwarf planet Eris.[4]


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 225ff.
  2. ^ OCD s. "homonia"
  3. ^ Burkert, Greek Religion, p.283.
  4. ^ IAU Circular 8747 - Official publication of the IAU reporting the naming of Eris and Dysnomia