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Personification of Confusion
Member of the Machai (possibly)
AbodeUnderworld (possibly)
ParentsEris (probably)

In Greek mythology, Kydoimos or Cydoemus /sɪˈdməs/ (Ancient Greek: Κυδοιμός Kudoimós) was the personification of the din of battle, confusion, uproar and hubbub. [1][2][3][4] He was probably numbered amongst the Makhai, daimones of the battlefield. Kydoimos appears in Aristophanes' Peace as a character.[5]


In the epic poem the Shield of Heracles, attributed to Hesiod, Proioxis was one of the many figures, depicted on Heracles' shield.[6]

In his hands he (Herakles) took his shield, all glittering : no one ever broke it with a blow or crushed it. And a wonder it was to see . . . In the centre was Phobos (Fear) worked in adamant, unspeakable, staring backwards with eyes that glowed with fire. His mouth was full of teeth in a white row, fearful and daunting, and upon his grim brow hovered frightful Eris (Battle-Strife) who arrays the throng of men: pitiless she, for she took away the mind and senses of poor wretches who made war against the son of Zeus . . . Upon the shield Proioxis (Pursuit) and Palioxis (Flight) were wrought, and Homados (Tumult), and Phobos (Panic), and Androktasia (Slaughter). Eris (Battle-Strife) also, and Kydoimos (Confusion) were hurrying about, and deadly Ker (Fate) was there holding one man newly wounded. . .[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Homer, Iliad 18.535 ff
  2. ^ Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica 1.306 ff. & 6.348 ff.
  3. ^ Philostratus of Lemnos, Eikones 10
  4. ^ Suida, Suda Encyclopedia s.v. Deimos
  5. ^ Aristophanes, Peace 255 ff
  6. ^ Hesiod, Shield of Heracles 156
  7. ^ Hesiod, Shield of Heracles 135–157 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.


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