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Ancient Greek Mythology for Kids - The Sea God
The myths and legends surrounding the role of the Sea God in mythology and legend

The Sea God in mythology for kids
Discover the legends and mythology surrounding the role of the ancient Greek Sea God. There were many Sea Gods in Greek mythology, the most famous of whom was the Olympian god Poseidon. Read about each sea god in Ancient Greek mythology and their connections to the Oceanides, the Mermaids, the sea nymphs and the sea god called Proteus who was referred to as the "Old Man of the Sea".

The Sea God in mythology for kids
A Family Tree of the Sea gods provides and instant guide to every sea god featured in myth and legend. Additional information about gods and goddesses and the beliefs of the ancient civilization of Greece are also available via:

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The Sea God in Ancient Mythology

The Greek Sea God
According to ancient Greek mythology a Sea God featured in every major dynasty of gods

  • The First dynasty of Ancient Greek Gods were the Primeval or Primordial deities
  • The Second dynasty were the Titans
  • The Third dynasty were the famous Olympian gods

The names of each Sea God from all of the dynasties are detailed in this article.

Picture of Poseidon (Roman counterpart Neptune)

Picture of Poseidon, the most famous Sea God

The Sea God Family Tree and Genealogy
According to Ancient Greek mythology the very first sea god was a primeval deity called Pontus. All of the gods of the oceans were descended from his line. The Titan sea god was called Oceanus. The most famous sea god of all was the Olympian god Poseidon (his Roman counterpart was Neptune. The following family tree provides an instant overview of the different generations of Ocean gods.

Sea Gods Family Tree and Genealogy

Sea God Names, Roles and Descriptions
The roles and the names of the different generations of Sea God who feature in Ancient Greek mythology. The following chart details the sea god names, roles and descriptions, together with facts about sea creatures and sea monsters. The chart provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about the Goddesses and Gods of the Ocean who featured in Greek Mythology and legend.

Ancient Greek Sea God Names and Descriptions

Sea God Names: Sea God Roles and Descriptions

Pontus: Pontus was the first great god of the sea and was the consort of his sister Gaia, the Earth Mother. The children of Pontus and Gaia were the sea-deities Nereus, Thaumas, Phorcys, Ceto, and Eurybia. Pontus created all the creatures and spirits of the sea and every sea god was descended from his line. Like many deities associated with the ocean he is often depicted with a pair of lobster-claw horns that adorned his head.

Poseidon: The sea god Poseidon was name of the Greek god of the seas.

Neptune: The sea god Neptune was the Roman counterpart of Poseidon

Thaumas: The sea god Thaumas was the son of Gaia and Pontus. He married an Oceanid called Electra, whose union produced the monstrous Harpies. Thaumas personified the wonders of the sea. His name was derived from the Greek word 'thaumatos' meaning "miracle" or "wonder."

The Harpies: The Harpies were the daughters of the sea god Thaumas and the Oceanid Electra. The Harpies, whose names were Aello, Ocypete, and Celaeno, were vicious winged monster and the personifications of sudden tempests. They had the faces and bodies of women and the wings and claws of birds.

Eurybia: Eurybia was a primeval sea goddess and the daughter of Gaia and Pontus. She became the consort to the Titan Crius and gave birth to Astraeus, Perses, and Pallas

Phorcys: Phorcys was the son of Pontus and Gaia and the sea god of the hidden dangers of the deep. He was consort to his sister Ceto, the primordial sea goddess and their union produced terrible monsters (Echina, Scylla, Ladon, the Sirens, the Gorgons and the Graea)

Ceto: Ceto was the primordial sea goddess daughter of Pontus and Gaia. Her consort was Phorcys and their union produced terrible monsters (Echina, Scylla, Sirens, Ladon, the Gorgons and the Graea)

The Gorgons: The Gorgons were the daughters of Phorcys and Ceto. The petrifying gaze of the Gorgons (Euryale, Stheno and Medusa) were believed to have created the reefs and rocks of the sea. The gorgons, in particular Medusa, featured in the mythology of and legend of the hero Perseus.

Echidna: Echidna was a daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. Echidna was a monstrous sea dragon, half woman half snake (the mother by Typhon of many monstrous offspring)

Scylla: Echidna was another daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. Scylla was a terrifying she-monster who devoured passing sailors

Ladon: Ladon was the hundred headed sea serpent, the off-spring of Phorcys and Ceto, that guarded the golden apples in the garden of of the Hesperides

Oceanus: Oceanus was the lord of the ocean and a principle god in the first dynasty of Titans. He was the son of the primordial gods Uranus and Gaia. His consort was his sister Tethys. Their children were the Oceanides (3000 daughters) and the Potamoi, the river gods (3000 sons). In later myths, Oceanus was replaced by Poseidon.


The Oceanides: The Oceanides were minor goddesses and water nymphs, the 3000 daughters of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys.

Picture of the Oceanides

Picture of the Oceanides

The Potamoi: The Potamoi were river gods and the 3000 sons of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. They were the brothers of the Oceanides.

Sea God Names: Sea God Roles and Descriptions

Ancient Greek Sea God Names and Descriptions

Old Man of the Sea

Sea God Names, Roles and Descriptions
The roles and the names of the different generations of Sea God who feature in Ancient Greek mythology. The following chart details the sea god names, roles and descriptions, together with facts about sea creatures and sea monsters. The chart provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about the Goddesses and Gods of the Ocean who featured in Greek Mythology and legend.

Ancient Greek Sea God Names and Descriptions

Sea God Names: Sea God Roles and Descriptions

The Naiades: The Naiades were the daughters of the Potamoi (river gods). The Naiades were water nymphs who were believed to inhabit the freshwater streams, springs, wells, fountains, wetlands, rivers and lakes.

The Sirens: The Sirens were sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, and the daughters of the Potamoi river-god Achelous and Malpomene, the muse of tragedy. According to ancient Greek mythology the Sirens were fated to die if someone heard their singing and escaped them. They sat on the shore and lured mariners with their seductive and compelling music and song.

Nereus: Nereus was the son of Pontus and Gaia. He was referred to as the 'Old Man of the Sea' and lived in the depths of the sea with his wife Doris, an Oceanide sea-nymph, and their daughters, the Nereids Sea Nymphs. Nereus was the personification of the sea in its calm and placid moods and was always ready to assist distressed mariners in danger.

The Nereids: The Nereids were the 50 daughters of Nereus, the god of the Mediterranean Sea and his wife Doris. The Nereids were the nymphs of the sea who had in their care the rich bounty of the ocean. They aided sailors who needed their help and were attendants and members of the retinue of Poseidon.

Sea Nymphs: Sea-nymphs were beautiful, supernatural, young maidens who were believed to inhabit the oceans and featured in the legends and mythology of Ancient Greece. The Sea-Nymphs were minor goddesses who were the daughters of Oceanus or Nereus. The names of the groups of sea-nymphs were the Naiades, the Nereids, the Oceanides and the most famous of all were the sea nymphs known as the Sirens and the Mermaids.

Poseidon: Poseidon was the famous Greek god of the sea who presided over the oceans, tempests, storms and earthquakes. He was commonly called the 'Earth-Shaker'. He was also revered as the father of rivers and fountains. He was the son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea and the father of the merman Triton, Proteus and the sea Nymphs Rhode and Benthesicyme.

Proteus: Proteus was the eldest son of Poseidon, his mother was a sea-nymph, or Nereid, called Amphitrite. He was a prophetic sea-god, and the herdsman of the seals of Poseidon. He was a shape-shifter which he used to avoid having to make a prophecy. He would only provide an answer to someone who was capable of capturing him.

Triton: Triton was the son of Poseidon, his mother was a sea-nymph, or Nereid, called Amphitrite. Triton was a messenger and herald for his father. He was usually depicted as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish and carried a trident. His special attribute was a conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves.

Mermaids: The Mermaids were the daughters of Poeidon who were sea nymphs, supernatural beings who lived beneath the sea but would occasionally come ashore. These mythical aquatic creatures are depicted with the head and torso of a human female and a fish-like tail.

Sea God Names: Sea God Roles and Descriptions

Ancient Greek Sea God Names and Descriptions

Odysseus and the Sirens

Picture of Odysseus and the Sirens

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