Distant Places V Amphitrite Picture


The queen of the sea, variously given as the daughter
of Oceanus and Tethys or of Nereus and Doris. When the
sea god Poseidon wanted her as his bride, she declined
the honor and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. A
dolphin not only located her, but also brought her back
to him, and he married her. The dolphin was awarded a
place in heaven. Their son is the fish-man Triton.
Amphitrite was portrayed on Greek amphoras together
with her consort, riding in a chariot pulled by sea
creatures, or sitting on a sea creature, surrounded
by Tritons. She is decorated with the attributes of
a queen, her waving hair covered with a net, and sometimes
with the pincers of a lobster attached to her temples.
The Romans referred to her as Salacia.
The name means something like "The third one who encircles
(the sea)"
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