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date: 06 December 2022



  • Andrew Brown


Thetis, a sea-*nymph, daughter of *Nereus, wife of *Peleus, and mother of *Achilles. The Cypria (fr. 2 Davies; see epic cycle) accounted for her marriage to Peleus by saying that she refused the advances of *Zeus to avoid offending *Hera and that Zeus, in anger, swore that she must marry a mortal. According to *Pindar, however (Isthm. 8. 26–57), she was desired by both Zeus and *Poseidon, but *Themis revealed that Thetis was fated to bear a son stronger than his father, and for this reason she was married off to Peleus. This version was exploited in the Prometheus plays attributed to *Aeschylus, where *Prometheus knew of the prophecy about Thetis and used the knowledge as a bargaining counter (PV 757–70, 907–27).Before marrying Thetis, Peleus had to capture her while she assumed different forms to escape him (e.g. Ov.


  • Greek Myth and Religion

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