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Greek Gods and Goddess: Proteus

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Introduction to Proteus

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Proteus and the myths and legends surrounding Proteus, Proteus relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Proteus

Son of Abas and Ocalea, twin of Acrisius, who had a sister called Idomene. His name suggests he is the first, and according to Homer, he lived on Pharos, and island in the Nile delta, and he has all the characteristics of the other ancient sea god Nereus. Being able to prophesise and change form at will. In the Odyssey, he is referred to as Proteus of Egypt. Considering he was thought a god of rivers as well as the sea, I cannot help, thinking that he is a personification of the Egyptian god of the Nile, the word Nile whose spirit, essence was called Hapy= river, or Nilus in Greek. And considering Proteus' other name Nereus, for both these gods share exactly the same abilities and both are referred to as (the Old Man of the Sea, I am inclined to think they are two titles given to same entity. Later references state he is one of the sons of Poseidon, but it more likely that as Poseidon replaced Nereus after Zeus ousted Cronus, that Proteus was also previous too, and replaced by Poseidon. As Proteus of Egypt, it was said he married a Nereid called Psamathe.

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