Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Nereus, the Old Gentleman of the Seas

Who was Nereus?

Nereus was a marine deity in Ancient Greece and the eldest son of Pontus and the Mother Earth Gaea. He was a gentle, well-intentioned old man who was just and would tell nothing but the truth . Furthermore, he was able to transform himself and predict the future. According to the legend, Nereus foretold the fall of Troy to Paris.

Home and Family of Nereus

Nereus lived at the bottom of the Aegean sea, in a splendid palace built inside 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.

The Appearance of Nereus

Nereus first had the tail of a fish and the torso of a man but gradually he became fully human. Nereus had a sweet expression, was bearded and had hair as white as the foams of the sea.