primeval god of the sea.
He was one of the first-born gods and was the father of the most of the ancient sea gods by Gaea.
With his consort Thalassa, they presided over the seas, fish and other sea creatures.
In Greek mythology, Pontus (or Pontos, "sea") was an ancient, pre-Olympian sea-god, son of Gaia and Aether, the Earth and Sky.
Hesiod (Theogony, line 116) says that Gaia brought forth Pontos out of herself, without coupling. For Hesiod, Pontos seems little more than a personification of Sea.
With Gaia, he was the father of the Old Man of the Sea, Nereus and Thaumas (the awe-striking "wonder" of the Sea), of the Sea's dangerous aspects, Phorcys and his sister-consort Ceto, and of the "Strong Goddess" Eurybia.
With Thalassa - whose own name simply means "sea" but in a pre-Greek root - he was the father of the Telchines.
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