Triton ("//; "Greek: Τρίτων Tritōn) is a mythological "Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of "Poseidon and "Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively, and is "herald for his father. He is usually represented as a "merman which has the upper body of a human and the tail, soft dorsal fin, spiny dorsal fin, anal fin, pelvic fins and caudal fin of a fish, "sea-hued", according to "Ovid "his shoulders barnacled with sea-shells".
Like his father, "Poseidon, he carried a "trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted "conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was such a cacophony, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast.
According to "Hesiod's "Theogony, Triton dwelt with his parents in a golden "palace in the depths of the sea; "Homer places his seat in the waters off Aegae (presumably "Aegae, Achaea, where Poseidon had his palace). The story of the "Argonauts places his home on the coast of "Libya. When the "Argo was driven ashore in the "Gulf of Syrtes Minor, the crew carried the vessel to the "Tritonian Lake", "Lake Tritonis, whence Triton, the local deity "euhemeristically rationalized by "Diodorus Siculus as "then ruler over "Libya", welcomed them with a guest-gift of a clod of earth and guided them through the lake's marshy outlet back to the "Mediterranean. When the "Argonauts were lost in the desert, he guided them to find the passage from the river back to the sea.
Triton was the father of "Pallas and foster parent to the goddess "Athena. Pallas was killed by Athena accidentally during a sparring fight between the two goddesses. Triton can sometimes be multiplied into a host of Tritones, "daimones of the sea.
Over time, Triton's class and image came to be associated with a class of mermaid-like creatures, the Tritons (Τρίτωνες), which could be male or female, and usually formed the escort of marine divinities. Tritons were a race of sea gods and goddesses born from Triton. Triton lived with his parents, "Poseidon and "Amphitrite, who was also known as "Celaeno, in a golden palace on the bottom of the sea. According to "Homer it was called "Aegae. Unlike their ancestor Poseidon who is always fully anthropomorphic in ancient art (this has only changed in modern popular culture), Triton's lower half is that of a fish, while the top half is presented in a human figure. This is debated often because their appearance is described differently throughout history. Ordinary Tritons were described in detail by the traveller "Pausanias (ix. 21).
They are often compared to other "Merman/Mermaid like beings, such as "Merrows, "Selkies, and "Sirens. They are also thought of as the aquatic versions of "Satyrs. Another description of Tritons is that of the Centaur-Tritons, also known as "Ichthyocentaurs who are depicted with two horse's feet in place of arms.
When Pausanias visited the city of Triteia in the second century CE, he was told that the name of the city was derived from an "eponymous Triteia, a daughter of Triton, and that it claimed to have been founded by her son (with "Ares), one among several mythic heroes named "Melanippus ("Black Horse").
Tritons were the trumpeters of the sea, using trumpets made out of a great shell, mostly known as a conch. They would blow this shell throughout the sea to calm the waves, or stir them up, all at the command of Poseidon.
There are numerous universities, colleges, and "high schools that use Triton as their mascot. These include the following:
Many club sports teams, such as junior football leagues and numerous swimming leagues, also use the symbol of Triton.
An example of other uses include Wilfrid Laurier University's orientation week in 2014 that had a colour team named the Green Tritons as part of the weeks events.
glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
In "Jacob Jordaens' 'The Family of the Artist', now in the "Prado, Madrid, a Triton is depicted gripping, perhaps crushing, a child with its snake-like tail, a scene watched over by an exotic parrot. The significance of this motif in the context of a painting of domestic happiness is unclear, but it may involve a transfer of functions in that the child appears to be blowing on the conch shell (referred to above) in order to frighten away those forces that threaten family peace.
A family of large sea snails, the shells of some of which have been used as trumpets since antiquity, are commonly known as "tritons", see "Triton (gastropod).
"King Triton is a character depicted in the Disney's "The Little Mermaid, inspired by Triton, as an undersea king, the father of the title character. In The Little Mermaid, Triton has seven daughters for the "Seven Seas,["citation needed] the youngest named "Ariel, of whom he is very overprotective.