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date: 27 November 2022



  • Karim Arafat


The meaning of the name is unknown. Tritons sometimes play a subordinate part in a legend: a triton in human form appears to the *Argonauts at Lake Tritonis and gives them a clod of earth which was the pledge of future possession of *Cyrene; *Virgil (Aen. 6. 171–4) tells of a triton who, furious at the presumption of the human trumpeter Misenus (see misenum) in daring to challenge him to a contest playing the conch, drowns him. *Pausanias(3) (9. 20. 4, 21. 1) had seen what were represented as bodies of tritons.In art, the fish-tailed Triton wrestles with *Heracles, assuming the iconography of *Nereus around the mid-6th cent. bce; the scene is rare after c.510. J. Boardman (Rev. Arch.1972) suggests that the story, unknown in literature, alludes to Athenian maritime success under the Pisistratids (see imagery; pisistratus).


  • Greek Myth and Religion

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