For the genus of moth, see Poena (moth).

In Roman mythology, Poena (also Poine) is the spirit of punishment[1] and the attendant of punishment to Nemesis,[2] the goddess of divine retribution. The Latin word poena, "pain, punishment, penalty", gave rise to English words such as subpoena and pain.[3] The original word is the Ancient Greek poinḗ (ποινή), also meaning “penalty.”


  1. Atsma, Aaron. "Poine". Theoi Project. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  2. Irwin, Patrick. "Nemesis". University of Oxford. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  3. Harper, Douglas. "Penal - Etymology". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2013-04-08.

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