Thalassa (mythology)

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Detail from the Wiener Dioskurides, before 512

In Greek mythology, Thalassa (/θəˈlæsə/; Greek: Θάλασσα, "sea")[1] is a primordial sea goddess, daughter of Aether and Hemera. She and sea god Pontus were the parents of the nine Telchines and Halia. According to a myth recounted by Hesiod, she gave birth to Aphrodite when Cronus cut the genitalia of Uranus that subsequently fell into the sea. Thalassa is a personification of the sea itself; as told in Aesop's Fables she appears as a woman rising up from the depths of the sea, as well in Roman-era mosaics. In these mosaics she is depicted with crab-claw-horns, wearing seaweed, and holding a ship's oar. Her counterpart is considered to be Amphitrite who is the wife of Poseidon. Her other counterpart can be considered to be the Greek titan Tethys.[citation needed]

In 2011, Swoon created a site-specific installation depicting the goddess in the atrium of the New Orleans Museum of Art.[2]

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  1. ^ R. S. P. Beekes has suggested a Pre-Greek origin (Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Brill, 2009, p. 530).
  2. ^ "SWOON: THALASSA - The Great Hall Project". 

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