They were fifty sea-nymph daughters of Nereus, the old man of the sea.

Residence: Aegean Sea
Symbols: Dolphin
Parents: Nereus and Doris

Nereid riding a taurocampus, 2nd c. BC.

They were goddesses of the sea’s rich bounty and protectors of sailors and fishermen, coming to the aid of those in distress. Individually they represented various facets of the sea from the salty brine, to the sea foam, sand, rocks, waves and currents, as well as the various skills possessed by seamen.

The Nereids dwelt with their elderly father in a silvery grotto at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. The Nereid Thetis was their leader and Amphitrite was Poseidon‘s wife.

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