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Phorcys
(228 words)

(Φόρκυς/Phórkys, Latin Phorcus, Phorcys, Phorcyn).

[German version]

[1] Sea god

Sea god, son of Pontus and Gaia, brother of Nereus (Hes. Theog. 237; in Orph. Fr. 16 son of Oceanus and Tethys, in Orph. Fr. 114 Titan); with his sister Ceto he fathered monsters (Phorcydes) such as the Graeae, Gorgons (Gorgo [1]), Echidna and the snake Ladon [1] (Hes. Theog. 270-303; 333-336); according to others he was also the father of the Sirens (Soph. fr. 861 TrGF), the Hesperides (schol. Apoll. Rhod. 4,1399d), Scylla (Apoll. Rhod…

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Ambühl, Annemarie (Groningen) and Käppel, Lutz (Kiel), “Phorcys”, 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 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e923740>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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