TRITON and the TRITONS. Triton was the only son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, but he possessed little influence, being altogether a minor divinity.

He is usually represented as preceding his father and acting as his trumpeter, using a conch-shell for this purpose.

He lived with his parents in their beautiful golden palace beneath the sea at Ægea, and his favourite pastime was to ride over the billows on horses or sea-monsters.

Triton is always represented as half man, half fish, the body below the waist terminating in the tail of a dolphin.

We frequently find mention of Tritons who are either the offspring or kindred of Triton.


From: Berens, E.M. The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome. New York: Maynard, Merril, & Co., 1880. Text in the public domain.