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(Greek Deity) PROTEUS

Also known as OLD MAN OF THE SEA (number 3!)
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Prototype sea-god known as 'old man of the sea'. Proteus was resident deity of the Island of Pharos.

Proteus wasn't as old as his dad, Poseidon, but did a sterling job of herding sea-beasts - he was a big hit with the seals. He was also a bit of an oracle, albeit a reluctant one, and thanks to his daughter, who let his prophetic powers slip to Menelaus, Proteus had the needy grabbing him every other day....

"Yeah, it's, like, so funny! If you kidknap him he will tell you which god you have offended and what you should do to make amends. Not because he wants to, he just, like, can't help himself. It's, like, sooooo coooool." Who needs enemies when you have a daughter like Eidothea?

One time the bees of Aristaeus all died of a mystery disease and Proteus found himself hog-tied as he was snoozing amongst a colony of seals. After many unsuccesful transformations he eventually went into oracle mode and advized Aristaeus to sacrifice four cows to the Gods and leave the corpses where they fell. Sure enough, he returned three days later to find one of the carcasses buzzing with swarms of bees. He never had any problems after that.

Proteus also fathered Polygonos and Telegonos who challenged Heracles to a bout of fisti-cuffs with fatal concequences.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Poseidon
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Eidothea, Polygonos and Telegonos
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'PROTEUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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