In Greek mythology, Phorcys, or Phorkys was one of the names of the “Old One of the Sea”, the primeval sea god, who, according to Hesiod, was the son of Pontus and Gaia. According to the Orphic hymns, Phorcys, Cronos and Rhea were the eldest offspring of Oceanus and Tethys (Kerenyi p 42). Other names for the Old Man are Nereus and Proteus (Kerenyi pp 42-43). His wife was Ceto and together they had many children, all hideous monsters (except for the Hesperides) collectively known as the Phorcydes. The Gorgons and Scylla were four of his beautiful children, but they were turned into monsters.
In Hellenistic-Roman mosaics he was depicted as a fish-tailed merman with crab-claw fore-legs and red spiked skin.
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