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Oceanus
(1,756 words)

(Ὠκεανός/Ōkeanós, Latin Oceanus).

[German version]

I. Myth

Divine representative of the world river, later world sea, that flows in a ring around the earth. In Homer's Iliad O. lives with his wife Tethys on the boundaries of the earth (Hom. Il. 14,200ff.) and is the only god who does not take part in the meeting on Olympus (ibid. 20,7). He is the origin of the gods and of absolutely everything (ibid. 14,201 = 302; 246); from him flow the seas, the rivers, the springs and the …

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Ambühl, Annemarie (Groningen) and Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld), “Oceanus”, 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 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e829570>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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