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Oceanus, the Ruler of the Oceans

Last Update: 06 Apr 2021
Oceanus

Oceanus was the Ruler of the Seas and the Oceans



Role of Oceanus



Oceanus was the perfect river, and the ruler of the waters and seas. According to the Greek poet Homer, he was the source of all things and all deities.


Family of Oceanus



Oceanus was the oldest of all Titans. He was born of Gaea, the Mother Earth, and Uranus, the ruler of heaven, when Uranus watered Gaea with divine rain. Oceanus formed a union with the gold-wreathed Titaness Tethys and they created three thousand rivers. They gave their daughters the name "Oceanides".


The Rivers



Among the rivers were Inachos, after which the river Inachos in Argos, Greece, is named, and Asopos, after which the river Asopos is named, which flows through the borders of the prefectures of Attica and Boeotia.


The Oceanids



The principal Oceanides were Styx, who embodied the sacred river of the Underworld, Amphitrite, the future wife of Poseidon and Metis, the deity who held all the wisdom of the world.

Metis was the first wife of Zeus, the king of the gods, and mother of Athena, the Olympian goddess of Wisdom and War.





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