Nereus – The Old One of the Sea

Nereus, Lord of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, was eventually overshadowed by Poseidon. However, he still resides in the sea and may be invoked for assistance, especially by those seeking information. Nereus possesses incredible oracular powers and is renowned for always telling the truth. He is traditionally considered a kind, fair, and generous deity. He and his wife, Doris, have fifty daughters, the Nereids. Nereus communicates via dreams, visions, and apparitions.




Nereus usually appears as an elderly man or merman with long flowing hair and beard, which may be adorned with coral and shells. However, he is an extremely skilled shape-shifter and may be full of surprises.

See Also:

  • Nereids;
  • Nerites;
  • Poseidon


Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.