Also Phorcus (Φόρκος), Phorcyn (Φόρκυν).* According to the Homeric poems, an old man ruling over the sea, or "the old man of the sea," to whom a harbor in Ithaca was dedicated. He is described as the father of the nymph Thoosa.1

Later writers call him a son of Pontus and Gaea, and a brother of Thaumas, Nereus, Eurybia, and Ceto.2 By his sister Ceto he became the father of the Graeae and Gorgones,3 the Hesperian dragon Ladon,4 and the Hesperides;5 and by Hecate or Crataeis, he was the father of Scylla.6

Servius7 calls him a son of Neptune (Poseidon) and Thoosa.8

* The form Φόρκος occurs chiefly in poetry ; Φόρκυς is the common name, and Φόρκυν, -υνος, is found only in late writers.9




  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.