PHORCYS

ΦΟΡΚΥΣ

Also Phorcus, Phorcyn (Phorkus, Phorkun.).

1. According to the Homeric poems, an old man ruling over the sea, or "the old man of the sea," to whom a harbour in Ithaca was dedicated. He is described as the father of the nymph Thoosa (Od. i. 71, xiii. 96, 345). Later writers call him a son of Pontus and Ge, and a brother of Thaumas, Nereus, Eurybia, and Ceto (Hes. Theog. 237; Apollod. i. 2. § 6). By his sister Ceto he became the father of the Graeae and Gorgones (Hes. Theog. 270, &c.), the Hesperian dragon (ibid. 333, &c.), and the Hesperides (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. iv. 1399); and by Hecate or Cratais, he was the father of Scylla. (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. iv. 828; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1714; Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 45.) Servius (ad Aen. v. 824) calls him a son of Neptune (Poseidon) and Thoosa. (Comp. Muncker, ad Hygin. Fab. praef. p. 4.)

2. A son of Phaenops, commander of the Phrygians of Ascania, assisted Priam in the Trojan war, but was slain by Ajax. (Hom. Il. ii. 862, xvii. 218, 312, &c.; Paus. x. 26. § 2.)