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Amphitrite, in ancient Greek mythology, was a sea-goddess, and wife of Poseidon, identified with Salacia the wife of Neptune in Roman mythology.

Amphitrite ("the third one who encircles (the sea)") was so entirely confined in her authority to the sea and the creatures in it, that she was never associated with her husband either for purposes of worship or in works of art, except when he was to be distinctly regarded as the god who controlled the sea.

Amphitrite was distinguishable from the other Nereids only by her queenly attributes. It was said that Poseidon saw her first dancing at Naxos among the other Nereids, and carried her off. But in another version of the myth, she then fled from him to the farthest ends of the sea, where the dolphin of Poseidon found her, and was rewarded by being placed among the stars.
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