Ancient Corinthian vase depicting Perseus, Andromeda and Ketos. The inscriptions
denoting the depicted persons are written in an archaic form of the Greek alphabet.
In Greek mythology, Ceto,
or Keto was a hideous aquatic monster, a daughter of Gaia
She was the personification
of the dangers of the sea, unknown terrors and bizarre creatures. Eventually,
the word “ceto” became simple shorthand for any sea monster. It is
still used in this way – cetacean is a derivation. Her husband was Phorcys and
they had many children, collectively known as the Phorcydes or Phorcydides.
In Greek art Ceto was drawn
as a serpentine fish.
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