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Argonauts

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Maritime History.

In Greek legend a band of 50 heroes who undertook a sea expedition to bring back the Golden Fleece from Colchis on the farther shore of the Euxine (Black) Sea. It was led by Jason, who had...

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Atlas

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Maritime History.

In Greek mythology a brother of Prometheus who was originally a marine god before Perseus showed him the Gorgon's head and turned him into a rock mountain supporting the heavens. A mythical...

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Britomart

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Maritime History.

More properly Britomartis, a Cretan goddess who is the patroness of hunters, fishermen, and sailors. She was a nymph, the daughter of Zeus and Carme. When pursued by Minos, King of Crete,...

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Oceanus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Maritime History.

In Greek mythology, the son of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth), brother and husband of Tethys, the personification of the great river believed to encircle the whole world.

Oceanid...

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Persian Gulf

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Classical Studies.

A shallow, epicontinental sea located between lat. 24°–30° 30′ N. and long. 48°–56° 30′ W., c.1,000 km. long (625 mi.), 200–350 km. wide (125–200 mi.), narrowing to c.60 km. (40 ...

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Scylla

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Classical Studies.

In Greek mythology, a female sea monster who devoured sailors when they tried to navigate the narrow channel between her cave and the whirlpool Charybdis. In later legend Scylla was a...

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Sirens

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Maritime History.

The sea nymphs who charmed seamen so much with their melodious voices that the men stopped working their ships to listen. Because they were unable to sail their vessels, they ultimately...

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Triton

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Maritime History.

In Greek mythology, a minor sea god usually represented as a man with a fish's tail and carrying a trident and shell-trumpet.

Triton of the minnows the type of something large or...

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