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(Γραῖαι; Graîai). The G. (Pemphredo,  Enyo, Deino/Perso) are daughters of Ceto and the sea god Phorcys, after whom they are also called Phorcides or Phorciades. Their number varies from two to three. They are grey-haired (Greek graía), swan-like (Ps.-Aesch. PV 795), beautifully dressed (Hes. Theog. 273) maidens living on the far side of Oceanus in Atlas' cave. Between them, they possess only one eye and one tooth, which they use alternately.

They are known through their connection to the Gorgon adventure in the myth of Perseus: according to one version,  Perseus steals…

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Ungefehr-Kortus, Claudia (Alten-Buseck), “Graeae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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