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Gods & demigods

Triton

KYRINAIKI (Ancient country) LIBYA
Triton, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite (or Celaeno), and described as living with them in a golden palace in the depths of the sea. The mythical Lake Tritonis, near the Mediterranean coast of Libya, was regarded as his peculiar abode, especially in the story of the Argonauts. He was represented as a man in his upper parts, terminating in a dolphin's tail; his special attribute is a twisted sea-shell, on which he blows, now violently, now gently, to raise or calm the billows. In Triton. (From a Roman lamp.) the course of time there grew up the notion of a large number of Tritons, all represented as beings of double form and sometimes with the fore-feet of a horse as well as a human body and a fish's tail (called Centaurotritones or Ichthyotauri). They were, however, always regarded as attendants on the other sea-gods while riding or driving over the waves; and they were represented accordingly in works of art.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Nov 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Ichthyocentaurus

Ichthyocentaurus (Ichthuokentauros), that is, a fish-centaur, or a particular kind of Triton. Ichthyocentauri were fabulous beings, the upper part of whose body was conceived to have a human form, and the lower that of a fish, while the place of the hands was occupied by a horse's feet. They differed from the ordinary Tritons by the fact that the latter were simply half men and half fish, and had not the feet of horses. (Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 34, 886, 892.)

Kings

Antaeus

IRASSA (Ancient city) KYRINAIKI
Antaeus. A king of Irasa, a town in the territory of Cyrene, who was sometimes identified by the ancients with the giant Antaeus. He had a daughter Alceis or Barce, whom he promised to him who should conquer in the foot race. The prize was won by Alexidamus. (Pind. Pyti. ix. 183, &c., with the Schol.). A third personage of this name occurs in Virg. Aen. x. 561.

Nymphs

Amphitrite

KYRINAIKI (Ancient country) LIBYA
A Nereid, wife of Poseidon, and mother of Triton.

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