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Momus, also spelled Momos, is the son of Nyx, goddess of night, and twin brother of Oizys, goddess of pain. The personification of mockery, blame, ridicule, scorn, raillery and stinging criticism, Momus did his job too well, and was expelled from Olympos.

"And again the goddess murky Nyx, though she lay with none, bare Momos." - Theogony 214-215

"But Momos (Blame) – let him go where Phthonos (Envy) dwells!” –Callimachus, Hymn II to Apollon 105

"According to an old legend, the first man was made by Zeus, the first bull by Poseidon, and the first house by Athene. On the completion of their labors, a dispute arose as to which had made the most perfect work. They agreed to appoint Momos as judge, and to abide by his decision. Momos, however, being very envious of the handicraft of each, found fault with all. He first blamed the work of Poseidon because he had not made the horns of the bull below his eyes, so he might better see where to strike. He then condemned the work of Zeus, because he had not placed the heart of man on the outside, that everyone might read the thoughts of the evil disposed and take precautions against the intended mischief. And, lastly, he inveighed against Athene because she had not contrived iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant. Zeus, indignant at such inveterate faultfinding, drove him from his office of judge, and expelled him from the mansions of Olympos." -Aesop's Fables 59

Momus' siblings are: Cer, Thanatos, Hypnos, Oneiros, Moros, Nemesis, Oizys, Apate, Philotes, Geras, Eris, as well as the three Fates: Clotho, Laechisis, Atropos.

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