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Personification of Misery
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ParentsNyx alone[1]
Nyx and Erebus[2]
SiblingsMoros, Keres, Thanatos, Hypnos, Koalemos, Oneiroi, Momus, Hesperides, Moirai, Nemesis, Apate, Philotes, Geras, Eris, Styx, Dolos, Ponos, Euphrosyne, Epiphron, Continentia, Petulantia, Misericordia, Pertinacia
Roman equivalentMiseria

In Greek mythology, Oizys (/ˈɪzɪs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀϊζύς, romanizedOïzýs) is the goddess of misery, anxiety, grief, depression, and misfortune. Her Roman name is Miseria, from which the English word misery is derived. Oizys is a minor goddess without a great cult following, but a primordial goddess of misery and depression with a certain amount of mythological weight nonetheless.


Oizys was the parthenogenous daughter of the primordial goddess Nyx, the goddess of night, according to Hesiod,[3] although sometimes Erebus, the god of deep darkness and Nyx's consort, is said to have been her father.[4] Oizys is functionally a name in a catalogue, and has no distinct mythology of her own.

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  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 213-214
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface; Cicero, De Natura Deorum 3.17
  3. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 211–255
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface; Cicero, De Natura Deorum 3.17


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