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Graeae, Grey guards with one eye

Last update: 2012-10-07

Family of the Graeae

The Graeae were the daughters of Phorcys, the god of danger, and the sea goddess Ceto. They were the sisters of the Gorgons.

The Graeae were probably three monstrous sisters with the names Enyo ("the shocking"), Pemphredo ("the horryfying") and Deino ("the dreadful"). They became famous as the guards of the Gorgons, and Medusa in particular.

The Appearance of the Graeae

The Graeae had grey hair and the form of old women since their birth. The possessed a total of one eye and one tooth, which they shared among each other. Enyo used to wear beautiful veils, whereas Pemphredo was wearing deep yellow veils. Deino was the most frightful one.

The Residence of the Graeae

The Graeae were living close to Hades, the god of the underworld, and probably therefore they had never seen the light of the sun and the moon.

Graeae means "grey/ old women" in ancient Greek.


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