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Nereus was a sea god, and the father of sea goddess Thetis.[1]

When Thetis and Peleus' son Achilles was killed during the Trojan War, Nereus and all the sea gods mourning for him.[1]




  • In Greek mythology, Nereus is a sea god, nicknamed the "Old Man of the Sea". He is primarily noted for being a shapeshifter, having the power of prophecy, and reportedly always telling the truth. In ancient literature, Nereus' role partly overlaps with the roles of fellow sea gods Proteus and Triton. Modern scholars suspect that they were different manifestations of the god of the sea in Greek legends. In artwork, Nereus is depicted as having a human torso but "a long coiling scaly fishlike tail".
  • Nereus reportedly married Doris (literally "bounty"), one of the Oceanids (daughters of Oceanus and Tethys). Nereus and Doris had 50 daughters, known as the Nereids. The most prominent among these female sea goddesses were Thetis (mother of Achilles) and Amphitrite (wife to fellow sea god Poseidon.)
  • In legends concerning the genealogy of the gods, Nereus is typically depicted as a son of the older sea god Pontus and the earth goddess Gaia/Gaea.

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