Nereus was a sea deity in Ancient Greece and the eldest son of Pontus and the Mother Earth Gaea. He was a gentle, good-natured old man who was just and would tell nothing but the truth. Moreover, he could transform himself and foretell the future. According to legend, Nereus Paris predicted the fall of Troy.
Nereus lived at the bottom of the Aegean, in a magnificent palace built in a cave. He married Doris, a fine-haired daughter of Oceanus, the Titan of the Seas. The couple was blessed with 50 beautiful mermaids, the Nereids, who protected the sailors with their sweet, enchanting sound. One of the mermaids was Amphitrite, the future wife of Poseidon.
Nereus had at first the tail of a fish and the upper body of a man, but gradually he became fully human. Nereus had a sweet countenance, was bearded, and had hair as white as the foam of the sea.
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