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In Greek mythology, the Phonoi (Ancient Greek: Ἀνδροκτασίαι; singular: Phonos) were male personifications of murder. Hesiod in the Theogony names their mother as Eris ("Discord"), and their siblings as: Ponos (Hardship), Lethe (Forgetfulness), Limos (Starvation), the Algea (Pains), the Hysminai (Battles), the Makhai (Wars), the Androktasiai (Manslaughters), the Neikea (Quarrels), the Pseudea (Lies), the Logoi (Stories), the Amphillogiai (Disputes), Dysnomia (Anarchy), Ate (Ruin), and Horkos (Oath)[1] In the epic poem the Shield of Heracles, attributed to Hesiod, Phonos (singular) was one of the many figures, depicted on Heracles' shield.[2]


  1. ^ Caldwell, p. 6 Table 5; Hesiod, Theogony 226–232.
  2. ^ Hesiod, Shield of Heracles 155. Others include for example Phobos (Fear), Eris, Androktasia (Manslaughter), and Ker (Fate), see Most, pp. 12–15.