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Sea Creatures of the Ancient Hellenes

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] Drakaena
The Drakaena were hybrids, usually with the upper body of a beautiful nymph, and the lower body of a drakon or sea-monster. Famous examples include the Goddess Keto, who spawned the Hesperian Drakon, Ekhidna, who was married to the serpent-giant Typhôeus and spawned most of the dragons and monsters of myth, and Skilla (see below).

The Hippokampoi were not exactly monsters, btu they make the list because of the idea the ancient Hellenes had about them. Hippokampoi were the horses of the sea. They were depicted as composite creatures with the head and fore-parts of a horse and the tail of a fish. They were often covered with green scales and had fish-fin manes and appendages. The ancients believed they were the adult-form of the fish we call the ‘sea-horse’. They were the mounts of Nereid nymphs and sea-gods, and Poseidon drove a chariot drawn by two or four of the beasts.

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