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Phorcus, Phorcys

or Phorcyn (Φόρκος, Φόρκυς, Φόρκυν).


A sea-deity, described by Homer as “the old man of the sea,” to whom a harbour in Ithaca was dedicated, and is called the father of the nymph Thoosa. Later writers call him a son of Pontus and Gaea, and a brother of Thaumas, Nereus, Eurybia, and Ceto. By his sister Ceto he became the father of the Graeae and Gorgones, the Hesperian dragon, and the Hesperides; and by Hecaté or Crataïs, he was the father of Scylla.


The son of Phaenops, commander of the Phrygians of Ascania, assisted Priam in the Trojan War, but was slain by Aiax.

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