In Greek mythology, Koalemos is the god of stupidity[1], mentioned once by Aristophanes[2]. The word κοάλεμος was otherwise used in the sense "stupid person"[3][4].

An ancient false etymology derives κοάλεμος from κοέω (koeō) "perceive" and ηλεός (ēleos)"distraught, crazed"[5]. Its actual etymology is not established.[6]


  1. "COALEMUS : Greek god or spirit of foolishness & stupidity". Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  2. Aristophanes, Knights, 221
  3. Plutarch, Life of Cimon, 4. 3.
  4. Aeschines Socraticus, fragment 16
  5. Scholia on Aristophanes, Knights, 198
  6. Chantraine, Pierre. Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque. Histoire des mots. Tome II. Paris, Éditions Klincksiek, 1970. - p. 550, sous κοάλεμος (French)


  • A Greek-English Lexicon compiled by H. G. Liddel and R. Scott. 10th edition with a revised supplement. – Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1996. - p. 966, under κοάλεμος

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