Graeae in Wikipedia

The Graeae (English translation: "old women", "gray ones", or "gray witches"; alternatively spelled Graiai (Γραῖαι), Graiae, Graii), were three sisters who shared one eye and one tooth among them. They are one of several trios of archaic goddesses in Greek mythology. The Graeae were daughters of Phorcys, one aspect of the "old man of the sea," and Ceto. Thus, they were among the Phorcydes, all of which were primordial deities of the sea or of the earth. The Graiae were sisters to the Gorgons.[1] The Graeae took the form of old grey-haired women; though, at times poets euphemistically described them as "beautiful." Their age was so great that a human childhood for them was hardly conceivable. Hesiod reports their names as Deino (Δεινώ "dread", the dreadful anticipation of horror), Enyo (Ἐνυώ "horror" the "waster of cities" who had an identity separate from this sisterhood) and Pemphredo (Πεμφρηδώ "alarm").[2] Hyginus adds a fourth, Persis or Perso...

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Graeae in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

(Γραῖαι), that is, " the old women." were daughters of Phorcys and Ceto. They had grey hair from their birth. Hesiod (Hes. Th. 270, &c.) mentions only two Graeae, viz. Pephredo and Enyo; Apollodorus (2.4.2) adds Deino as a third, and Aeschylus (Prom. 819) also speaks of three Graeae. The Scholiast on Aeschylus (Prom. 793) describes the Graeae, or Phorcides, as he calls them, as having the figure of swans, and he says that the three sisters had only one tooth and one eye in common, which they borrowed from one another when they wanted them. It is conmmonly believed that the Graeae, like other members of the family of Phorcys, were marine divinities, and personifications of the white foam seen on the waves of the sea. (Comp. GORGO and PERSEUS.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

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