This name derives from the Ancient Greek “galḗnē (γαλήνη) galēnós (γαληνός)”, meaning “serenity, tranquility, calmness”. Galene in Greek mythology was a minor goddess personifying calm seas. Hesiod enumerates her as one of the Nereids, while Euripides mentions "Galaneia" as a daughter of Pontus. Callimachus refers to her as "Galenaia". A statue of Galene, next to that of Thalassa, was mentioned by Pausanias as an offering at the temple of Poseidon in Corinth. Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus was a prominent Roman (of Greek ethnicity) physician, surgeon and philosopher.