Proteus

Greek - A sea-god. Son of Poseidon and Tethys, some say. Father of Idothea, Theoclymenus and Theonoe by Psamathe. Father of Polygonus and Telegonus, some say. Proteus was a rather lazy god who spent much of his time lying on the shore with the seals. He had the ability to foretell the future but would never do so willingly. Since he also had the power to change shape at will, it was hard to shake the truth out of him. A few, such as Menelaus and Aristaeus, were able to hold him long enough to make him deliver the prophecies they were seeking. In some accounts he is the same as Glaucus, Nereus and Phorcos. On occassion, known as Proteus, Carpathian Wizard, Carpathian Wizard, Proteus, Old Man of the Sea, Old Man of the Sea, Nereus Phorcos, Proeteus, Proeteus, Proetus or Proteus.
Greek - A king of Egypt. In one version of the story of Helen, he substituted a spirit who went to Troy with Paris while the real Helen was brought by Hermes (or, some say, by Paris) and kept safely in a cave in Egypt until her husband, Menelaus, came back from Troy. In some accounts, he is the same as Proteus the sea-god. Also commonly identified as Proteus, Carpathian Wizard, Carpathian Wizard, Proteus, Old Man of the Sea, Old Man of the Sea, Nereus Phorcos, Proeteus, Proeteus, Proetus or Proteus.

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