The angry or the terrifying, occurs as a surname of several divinities, such as Hecate or Persephone,1 Demeter,2 and Cybele.3 The Scholiast on Apollonius4 gives a second derivation of Brimo from βρόμος (bromos), so that it would refer to the crackling of the fire, as Hecate was conceived bearing a torch.



  1. Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica iii, 861, 1211; Tzetzes on Lycophron, 1171.
  2. Arnobius, v, p. 170.
  3. Theodoret. Therapeutics i, 699.
  4. l.c.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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