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Excuse me, my lord. I am needed in the battle.

–Amphitrite to Poseidon, in The Last Olympian

Amphitrite is the wife of Poseidon and Queen of the Sea. She is also one of the fifty Nereids (daughters of Nereus), as well as the mother of Triton through Poseidon. Her Roman counterpart is Salacia.

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

After Poseidon replaced Oceanus as the Ruler of the Sea, he once upheld the honour of the fifty beautiful Nereids when they were insulted. Though they were all grateful to him, and most of them would have been pleased to become his wife, Amphitrite avoided him due to her shyness and her unwillingness to be caught. It was only natural that she turned out to be the one who particularly captured Poseidon's eye, and he tried everything to win her heart.

However, Amphitrite refused all his advances, and ultimately fled for good when her suitor proved to be extremely persistent and determined. This caused Poseidon to sink into a deep depression that disrupted the sea creatures, who sent Delphin, the God of Dolphins, to help him by retrieving Amphitrite. At his persuasive presentation of all the benefits and advantages she could enjoy if she consented to marrying Poseidon, Amphitrite finally agreed.

The marriage of Poseidon and Amphitrite was said to be the grandest celebration ever held under the ocean, attended by gods, sea monsters, and all forty-nine of Amphitrite's sisters. The couple came to have three children: Triton, Rhodes, and Kymopoleia. Triton became his father's heir and herald, and was responsible for clearing the way for Poseidon when he was on the move. Rhode was a sea nymph who later became the patron goddess of an island that was named after her, and was married to Helios, the Titan of the Sun. However, Kymopoleia was neither as beloved nor as appreciated as her siblings were by their parents, for she was the goddess of violent sea storms, and was later married to the Hekatonkheire Briares.

Amphitrite loved her children dearly, and enjoyed a compatibly happy marriage with Poseidon despite his infidelities, for she was not of a jealous or vengeful nature, and was content as long as her husband treated her children well and did not try to turn her into his puppet. In fact, she was even decent to her husband's demigod children, unlike other goddesses.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Last Olympian

Amphitrite is seen talking strategy with her husband Poseidon in the throne room of their ocean-floor palace, along with their son, Triton. Percy Jackson, her stepson, joins them, and Amphitrite treats him coldly, as he is the proof of her husband's unfaithfulness. Percy expects nothing else, and feels sorry for her as she doesn't have a faithful husband. She is worried about Oceanus attacking and how Poseidon is losing power to the former ruler of the Sea. She is shown as a warrior, as she leaves the meeting to return to the battle. Poseidon then apologizes for her behavior to Percy.

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Percy said that Amphitrite is actually nice to Poseidon's demigod children, unlike other goddesses (namely Hera). When Theseus came to visit, she treated him like an honored guest, and even gave him a purple cloak (a symbol of kingship) to wear. She has also been decent to Percy, not minding when he leaves dirty laundry in the guest room, and even bakes cookies for him, and as far as he knew, she had never once tried to kill him. Hence, Percy views her as all that one could ask of an immortal stepmother.

Personality

Poseidon

Poseidon, her husband

Excuse me, my lord. I am needed in the battle.

–Amphitrite, in The Last Olympian

In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Amphitrite was shown to be very shy and unwilling to be caught, and she preferred to live a quiet life at the bottom of the sea, free from the courtships or flirtations of the other gods. This was also partly because of the intense fear she had conceived from hearing stories of how the other gods treat their wives, and she believed that being married would rob her of her personal independence, which she valued dearly. Hence, Amphitrite initially did not even consider the idea of marriage, and was always frightened by Poseidon's advances instead of being flattered or receptive to them.

Through her heart-to-heart conversation with Delphin, one could also see that Amphitrite was an insightful goddess who could be perfectly content with her lot so long as it was reasonable: she confessed to Delphin that she already knew Poseidon would not be a faithful husband, but she would not care about that as she was not prone to jealousy, and she was content to marry him as long as he treated her well and let her preserve her independence.

Delphin, in particular, noted that it was easy to see why Poseidon preferred Amphitrite to all her sisters, for she radiated a gentle kindness that was rare among goddesses.

True to her word, even after their marriage, Amphitrite did not particularly mind Poseidon's infidelities due to his preserving her independence and treating their children well. In fact, she was actually on good terms with Percy and Poseidon's other demigod children, to the extent where Percy described her as being all one could ask of an immortal stepmother.

In The Last Olympian, Amphitrite was shown to treat Percy indifferently, giving him a cold stare and swimming away while Poseidon was introducing her to him. Given Percy's mentioning of her decency and kindness towards him later on in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, it can be deduced that either her initial cold attitude towards him was due to the tumultuous and dire circumstances under which they had first met, or that she warmed to him considerably after the end of the first series.

Appearance

To his right stood a beautiful woman in green armor with flowing black hair and strange little horns like crab claws.

Percy Jackson, describing Amphitrite's appearance in The Last Olympian

In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Amphitrite is described to be gorgeously beautiful, with black hair pinned back in a net of pearls and silk, eyes as dark as mocha, a kind smile, and a beautiful laugh. She usually dressed in a simple white gown, and her only piece of jewelry was a circlet of polished red crab claws across her brow. Delphin also noted that she radiated a gentle kindness that was rare among goddesses.

In The Last Olympian, Amphitrite was also described to be a beautiful woman, with flowing black hair and little horns (that resemble crab claws), and dressed in green battle armor to help her husband battle Oceanus' forces.

Salacia

Salacia is Amphitrite's Roman counterpart. As Salacia, she becomes more disciplined, warlike, and militaristic. In ancient Roman mythology, Salacia was the female divinity of the sea, worshiped as the goddess of salt water who presided over the depths of the ocean. She was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea. As Neptune's wife, Salacia bore him three children. Salacia was the personification of the calm and sunlit aspect of the sea.

The sea god Neptune wanted to marry Salacia, but she was in great awe of her distinguished suitor, and to preserve her virginity, with grace and celerity she managed to glide out of his sight, and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. The grieving Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade the fair nymph to come back and share his throne. Salacia agreed to marry Neptune. Overjoyed at these good tidings, the dolphin was awarded a place in the heavens, where he now forms a well known constellation Delphinus.

Salacia is represented as a beautiful nymph, crowned with seaweed, either enthroned beside Neptune or driving with him in a pearl shell chariot drawn by dolphins, hippocampi or other fabulous creatures of the deep, and attended by Tritons and Nereids. She is dressed in queenly robes and has nets in her hair.

Abilities

As the wife of Poseidon as well as the Queen of the Sea, Amphitrite is extremely powerful, more so than a demigod, though less so compared to an Olympian. She is considered a minor goddess.

  • Hydrokinesis: As a Nereid and the Queen of the Sea, Amphitrite has absolute control and divine authority over water and the sea. Her hydrokinetic powers are the same as Percy's, though to a far greater and more advanced level.
  • Aerokinesis (possibly): Amphitrite was said to have the power to "still the winds", which implies that she possessed a degree of control over the element of air.
  • Aquatic Authority: As the wife of Poseidon, Amphitrite has divine authority over aquatic creatures such as fish, dolphins, and seals.
  • Culinary Arts: In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Percy said that Amphitrite baked cookies for him, which shows that she, like the three eldest goddesses, is a good cook.

Trivia

  • Amphitrite is one of the fifty Nereids, though she is always described to be the most beautiful of them all.
  • In The Last Olympian, Amphitrite is shown to be cold towards Percy. Later, in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, however, Percy mentions her to be all right with Poseidon' affairs and is kind to Percy, implying that she warmed up to him rather quickly after the first series' end.
  • Together with her sisters, Kymatolege and Kymodoke, Amphitrite possesses the power to still the winds and calm the sea.
  • Amphitrite is mostly known as the female personification of the sea.
  • At first she fled away from Poseidon and his wooing, hiding herself near Atlas in the ocean stream at the far ends of the world. It was Delphin who convinced her to return and wed the King of the Seas, although in most stories she returned to and married Poseidon against her will.
  • As Salacia, she is sometimes also known as the Goddess of the Springs, ruling over the springs of highly mineralized waters.
  • In northern Europe, the Norse god, Aegir, and his consort, Rán, are equivalent to Neptune and Salacia (Roman counterparts of Poseidon and Amphitrite respectively).
  • The goddess Sulis, an aspect of Salacia (Roman counterpart of Amphitrite) is worshiped at the sacred hot springs at Bath.
  • Derived from Latin, sal meaning "salt", the name Salacia denotes the wide open sea, and is sometimes literally translated to mean sensational.

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