Ceto (Cee-Tow) – She was the goddess of the dangers of the sea and, more specifically, of sea-monsters, whales and large sharks (all called ketea in Greek). She consorted with Phorkys (Phorcys) to produce a brood of fearsome monsters, including, the she-dragon Ekhidna (viper), sailor-devouring Skylla (crab), the hundred-headed serpent Ladon, the one-eyed Graiai (grey ones), and the petrifying Gorgones (terrible ones).
As the mother of Skylla Keto was also named (Crataeis, of the Rocks), Lamia (the Shark) and Trienos (the Thrice). The last title appears to equate her with the thrice-swallowing whirlpool-monster Kharybdis (Charybdis). Krataiis was also identified or confused with the goddess Hekate (Hecate), a divinity whose power extended over the sea. There was also a river named Krataiis in the territory of the Brutti, near the Straits of Messina in Italy.
This goddess should not be confused with the minor Oceanid also named Ceto, or with various mythological beings referred to as ketos (plural ketea); this is a general term for “sea monster” in Ancient Greek.
Ceto is also known in some Greek texts as Crataeis, which means “mighty,” and as Trienus, which means “within three years.” Some scholars blended her with the goddess of Hectate, whose nicknames are also Crataeis and Trienus.
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