The Algea were the spirits of pain and suffering of both the mind and body. They were also goddesses of grief, sorrow, and distress. They were known as the bringers of weeping and tears. They were closely related to Oizys, the spirit of misery and sadness, and Penthos, the god of mourning and lamentation. Their opposites were Hedone, the goddess of pleasure, and the Charites, the goddesses of joys. They were either the children of Eris or Aether and Gaia.
The three Algea were as follows;
- Lupe - pain, grief, and distress
- Ania - grief, distress, sorrow, and trouble
- Achus - ache and anguish
Their Roman names were the Dolores.