Eurynomos (daemon)

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In Greek mythology, Eurynomos (/jʊəˈrɪnəməs/; Greek Εὐρύνομος; Latin Eurynomus) was the netherworld daimon (spirit) of rotting corpses dwelling in the Underworld.[1] Eurynomos is either a minor figure whose associated literature is lost to time, or possibly an invention by the painter Polygnotos. He is also mentioned by Anton LaVey in The Satanic Bible as one of the Infernal Names and described as the "Greek prince of death", although the author does not identify which source was used to back up his claim.[2] The sole piece of evidence concerning him is the following paragraph by Pausanias in a painting of Hades by Polygnotos at Delphoi, Phocis:

Eurynomos, said by the Delphian guides to be one of the daimones of Hades, who eats off all the flesh of the corpses, leaving only their bones. But Homer’s Odyssey, the poem called the Minyad, and the Returns, although they tell of Hades and its horrors, know of no daimon called Eurynomos. However, I will describe what he is like and his attitude in the painting. He is of a colour between blue and black, like that of meat flies; he is showing his teeth and is seated, and under him is spread a vulture’s skin.[3]


  1. ^ Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873). "Eurynomus"
  2. ^ LaVey, Anton Szandor (1969). The Satanic Bible. Harper Collins. pp. 58–60. ISBN 978-0380015399.
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10.28.7


Further reading[edit]

  • Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible
  • Miriam Van Scott, The Encyclopedia of Hell