A surname of Athena. It is derived either from the hero Alalcomenes who brought her up, or from the city of Alalcomenae in Boeotia where she was believed to have been born.

The name may also come from the verb ἀλάλκειν (alalkein), so that it would signify the "powerful defender."



  • Homer. Iliad iv, 8.
  • Müller. Orchomenos und die Minyer, p. 213.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. Ἀλαλκομένιον.