Amphitriti


Sculpture by Andrew G. Saffas

          In Greek mythology, Amphitriti was a Nereid, a nymph of the sea, as well as an oceanid, a nymph of the river ocean.  As the wife of Poseidon, Lord of the Sea, Amphitriti was goddess of the Mediterranean Sea, and lived in a golden palace under the sea.  Theseus, the hero of Athens, claimed Poseidon as his father and protector.  To test this claim of divine paternity, King Minos of Crete drew a gold ring from his finger and scornfully threw it into the sea.  In the depths of the sea, Amphitriti - with the help of the Nereids - recovered the ring and gave it to Theseus, who restored it to the amazed King Minos.

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