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From Manual of Mythology, by Alexander S. Murray; Revised Edition, Philadelphia: David McKay, Publisher, 1895; pp. 73-74.





Black and white drawing of artwork in Munich showing Amphitrite and Poeseidon [Neptune] in a cart, looking at a figure playing a pipe.  There is a coiled sea-creature between the.

Fig. 9. — Poseidon and Amphitrite. (Munich.)

The rightful wife of Poseidon, was the goddess of the sea, and had the care of its creatures; she could stir the great waves, and hurl them against rocks and cliffs. She was a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, or, according to another report, of Nereus and Doris.

“O’er the green waves which gently bend and swell,
  Fair Amphitrite steers her silver shell;
  Her playful dolphins stretch the silken reign,
  Hear her sweet voice, and glide along the main..”


Usually she was represented with flowing hair and the toes of a crab protruding from her temples; sometimes seated on 74 the back of a triton or other creature of the deep, surrounded by sea-animals and seaweed, or accompanying Poseidon. She may be compared with the sea-goddess of the Roman, called Salacia, Neverita, and Venilia.

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