• In John Milton's masque of the same name, the god of revelry andsensual excess, a son of Bacchus and Circe. The name derives from Greekkomos, carousal.

    The masque was first presented before the Earl of Bridgewater,Lord President of Wales, at Ludlow Castle in 1634. The action concernsComus's unsuccessful attempt to lure the Lady (played by the Earl'sdaughter, Lady Alice Egerton) away from the path of abstinence andvirtue.