or PHORCYN (Φόρκος, Φόρκυς, Φόρκυν. 1
1. According to the Homeric poems, an old man ruling over the sea, or "the old man of the sea," to whom a harbour in Ithaca was dedicated.
He is described as the father of the nymph Thoosa (Od. 1.71
). Later writers call him a son of Pontus and Ge, and a brother of Thaumas, Nereus, Eurybia, and Ceto (Hes. Th. 237
; Apollod. 1.2.6
By his sister Ceto he became the father of the Graeae and Gorgones (Hes. Th. 270
, &c.), the Hesperian dragon (ibid.
333, &c.), and the Hesperides (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod.
4.1399); and by Hecate or Cratais, he was the father of Scylla. (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod.
4.828; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1714
; Tzetz. ad Lycoph.
45.) Servius (Serv. ad Aen. 5.824
) calls him a son of Neptune and Thoosa. (Comp. Muncker, ad Hygin. Fab.
praef. p. 4.)