|Member of Oceanids|
|Parents||Oceanus and Tethys|
|Children||Circe, Aeetes, Pasiphae, Perses, Aloeus|
In Greek mythology, Perse (Ancient Greek: Πέρση) was one of the 3,000 Oceanid, water-nymph daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. Her name was also spelled as Persa, Persea or Perseis (Περσηίς).
Perse was one of the wives of the sun god, Helios. According to Homer and Hesiod, with Helios she had Circe and Aeetes, with later authors also mentioning her children Pasiphae, Perses and Aloeus.
When Aphrodite cursed Helios to fall in love with the mortal princess Leucothoe, he is said to have forgotten even about Perse. She seems to have been linked to witchcraft and knowledge of herbs and potions, much like her daughters Circe and Pasiphae. She might have also been associated with the witchcraft goddess Hecate, who was also called Perseis (as in "daughter of Perses") and who is said to be Circe's mother in one version.
An inscription of Mycenaean Greek (written in Linear B) was found on a tablet from Pylos, dating back to 1400–1200 BC. John Chadwick reconstructed[n 1] the name of a goddess, *Preswa who could be identified with Perse. Chadwick found speculative the further identification with the first element of Persephone.
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