In Greek mythology, Comus or Komos is the god of festivity, revels and nocturnal dalliances. He is a son and a cup-bearer of the god Bacchus. Comus represents anarchy and chaos. His mythology occurs in the later times of antiquity. During his festivals in Ancient Greece, men and women exchanged clothes. He was depicted as a young man on the point of unconsciousness from drink. He had a wreath of flowers on his head and carried a torch that was in the process of being dropped. Unlike the purely carnal Pan or purely intoxicated Bacchus, Comus was a god of excess. Template:TOCright
Comus in art Edit
Lorenzo Costa depicted Comus in his painting The Reign of Comus.
A selfish dandy, Comus is the central character in the novel "The Unbearable Bassington" by Saki (H.H. Munro).
Comus is also the name of a little-known and short-lived groundbreaking British folk–progressive band of the early 1970s, known for the dark imagery in their lyrics and album artwork and the intricate, complicated instrumental arrangements which form their chaotic and often abrasive sound.
- Comus (John Milton), a 1634 masque by John Milton with the mythical figure as its main villain
- Comus (Arne), a 1738 masque by composer Thomas Arne
- Comus (ballet) by Robert Helpmann
- Comus (band)
- Lord of Misrule
- Text and gallery at Theoi Greek Mythology
- Encyclopedia Britannica (XI edition)Template:Greek-deity-stub