|Member of the "Primordial Gods and "Sea Gods|
Pontus in an ancient Roman mosaic, Tunisia
In "Greek mythology, Pontus ("//; "Greek: Πόντος, Póntos, "Sea") was an ancient, pre-Olympian sea-god, one of the "Greek primordial deities. Pontus was "Gaia's son and has no father; according to the Greek poet "Hesiod, he was born without coupling, though according to "Hyginus, Pontus is son of "Aether and Gaia.
For Hesiod, Pontus seems little more than a personification of the sea, ho pontos, "the Road", by which Hellenes signified the "Mediterranean Sea. With Gaia, he fathered "Nereus (the "Old Man of the Sea), "Thaumas (the awe-striking "wonder" of the Sea, embodiment of the sea's dangerous aspects), "Phorcys and his sister-consort "Ceto, and the "Strong Goddess" "Eurybia. With the sea goddess "Thalassa (whose own name simply means "sea" but is derived from a "Pre-Greek root), he fathered the "Telchines and all sea life.
In a Roman sculpture of the 2nd century AD, Pontus, rising from seaweed, grasps a rudder with his right hand and leans on the prow of a ship. He wears a "mural crown, and accompanies "Fortuna, whose draperies appear at the left, as twin patron deities of the "Black Sea port of "Tomis in "Moesia.
|"Nereus||"Thaumas||"Phorcys||"Ceto||"Eurybia||"The Telchines||Halia||"Aphrodite |
|"Echidna||"The Gorgons||"Graeae||"Ladon||"The Hesperides||"Scylla||"The Sirens||"Thoösa|
"And Sea begat Nereus, the eldest of his children, who is true and lies not: and men call him the Old Man because he is trusty and gentle and does not forget the laws of righteousness, but thinks just and kindly thoughts. And yet again he got great Thaumas and proud Phorcys, being mated with Earth, and fair-cheeked Ceto and Eurybia who has a heart of flint within her." Hesiod, Theogony (231–239)
"From Aether and Earth [i.e. Gaia]: Grief, Deceit, Wrath, Lamentation, Falsehood, Oath, Vengeance, Intemperance, Altercation, Forgetfulness, Sloth, Fear, Pride, Incest, Combat, Ocean, Themis, Tartarus, Pontus; and the Titans, Briareus, Gyges, Steropes, Atlas, Hyperion, and Polus, Saturn, Ops, Moneta, Dione; and three Furies – namely, Alecto, Megaera, Tisiphone." - "Hyginus, Fabulae Preface (translation by Mary Grant)