Alalcomenes (Ancient Greek: Template:Polytonic) was in Greek mythology a Boeotian autochthon, who was believed to have given the name to the Boeotian town of Alalcomenae.[1] He was also said to have brought up Athena (under the epithet Athena Alalcomeneis), who was in some traditions said to have been born in that town, and to have been the first who introduced her worship.[2] According to Plutarch, he advised Zeus to have a figure of oak-wood dressed in bridal attire, and carried about amidst hymnal songs, in order to change the anger of Hera into jealousy.[3] The name of the wife of Alalcomenes was Athenaïs, and that of his son, Glaucopus, both of which refer to the goddess Athena.[4][5][6][7]


  1. Template:Citation
  2. Pausanias, Description of Greece ix. 33. § 4
  3. Plutarch, De Daedal. Fragm. 5
  4. Stephanus of Byzantium, s. v.Template:Polytonic
  5. Pausanias, Description of Greece ix. 3. § 3
  6. comp. Dict. of Ant. s. v. Template:Polytonic
  7. Karl Otfried Müller, Orchom. p. 213



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