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Encyclopedia > Tethys (mythology)
Greek deities
Primordial deities
Chthonic deities
Personified concepts
Other deities
The Twelve Titans:
Oceanus and Tethys,
Hyperion and Theia,
Coeus and Phoebe,
Rhea, Mnemosyne,
Metis, Themis,
Crius, Iapetus
Sons of Iapetus:
Atlas, Prometheus,
Epimetheus, Menoetius
Aquatic deities

In Greek mythology, Tethys was a Titaness and sea goddess who was both sister and wife of Oceanus. She was mother of the chief rivers of the universe, such as the Nile, the Alpheus, the Maeander, and about three thousand daughters called the Oceanids.

During the war against the Titans, Tethys raised Rhea as her god-child.

Tethys is sometimes confused with Thetis, the wife of Peleus and mother of Achilles.

Hera was not pleased with the placement of Callisto and Arcas in the sky, as the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, so she asked her nurse, Tethys, to help. Tethys, a marine goddess, cursed the constellations to forever circle the sky and never drop below the horizon, hence explaining why they are circumpolar.


  1. With Oceanus
    1. Achelous
    2. Acheron
    3. Alpheus
    4. Amaltheia
    5. Amphitrite
    6. Asia
    7. Asopus
    8. Callirhoe
    9. Catillus
    10. Cebren
    11. Cephissus
    12. Circe
    13. Clitunno (Roman mythology)
    14. Clymene
    15. Crinisus
    16. Dione
    17. Doris
    18. Electra
    19. Enipeus
    20. Eurynome
    21. Inachus
    22. Lysithea
    23. Melia
    24. Meliboea
    25. Merope
    26. Nilus
    27. Peneus
    28. Perse
    29. Philyra
    30. Pleione
    31. Rhode
    32. Scamander
    33. Telesto
    34. Tiberinus (Roman mythology)
    35. Tibertus (Roman mythology)
    36. Tyche
    37. Volturnus (Roman mythology)

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Encyclopedia Mythica: The celestial bodies (1607 words)
In Greek mythology Tethys was the personification of the fertile ocean; wife of Oceanus.
In Greek mythology Telesto was a sea nymph, a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.
In Greek mythology Dysnomia is a daughter of Eris and a daemon of lawlessness.
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