In Greek mythology and, later, Roman mythology, the Oceanids (; Ancient Greek: Ὠκεανίδες, pl. of Ὠκεανίς) are sea nymphs who were the three thousand daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. Each was the patroness of a particular spring, river, sea, lake, pond, pasture, flower or cloud.[1] Some of them, such as Calypso, Clymene, Asia, Electra/Ozomene, were closely associated with the Titan gods or personified abstract concepts (Tyche, Peitho).

One of these many daughters was also said to have been the consort of the god Poseidon, typically named as Amphitrite.[2] More often, however, she is called a Nereid.[3]

Oceanus and Tethys also had 3,000 sons, the river-gods Potamoi (Ποταμοί, "rivers").[4] Whereas most sources limit the term Oceanids or Oceanides to the daughters, others include both the sons and daughters under this term.[5]

Jean Sibelius wrote an orchestral tone poem called Aallottaret (The Oceanides) in 1914.

See also


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony, 346 ff
  2. ^ Bibliotheca 1.8
  3. ^ Hesiod Theogony 243; Bibliotheca 1.11
  4. ^ Hesiod Theogony 337
  5. ^ Hyginus. Fabulae, Preface.

External links

  • Theoi Project – Oceanides