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PAEON (Paion) The physician of the gods.

PAIDIA The goddess of play and amusement. She was one of the attendants of Aphrodite.

PALAEMON (Palaimon) A young dolphin-riding sea-god who came to the aid of sailors in dsitress. He was a son of the princess Ino who was transformed into a godling when his mother leapt with him into the sea.

PALICI (Palikoi) The gods of two Sicilian geysers. They were also protectors of runaway slaves and defenders of the sacred oaths sworn on their waters.

PALIOXIS The male personification of backrush, one the spirits of the battlefield.

PALLAS (1) TheTitan-god of warcraft. He was the father of Victory, Force, Power and Rivalry.

PALLAS (2) A goatish Giant slain by Athena who flayed his skin for a shield.

PALLAS (3) A Nymph companion of the goddess Athena. She was accidentally killed during their war-games, and in her memory the goddess crafted the Palladium.


PAN The Arcadian god of shepherds and goatherds. He had the legs, horns and tail of a goat.

PANACEA (Panakeia) The goddess of cures. She was a daughter of the medicine-god Asclepius.

PANDAISIA The goddess of banquets. She was one of the attendants of Aphrodite.

PANDIA (Pandeia) A goddess daughter of Zeus and Selene.

PANDORA The very first woman created by the gods. She opened the lid of a magic jar releasing the evils which plague mankind.

PANES Rustic daemones with the legs and horns of a goat. They were similar to the god Pan, but with more goatish faces.

PANNYCHIS (Pannykhis) The goddess of night-time parties and festivities. She was one of the attendants of Aphrodite.

PANOPIA (Panopeia) The Nereid goddess of panorama, the sighting of land and uncoming storms.

PAREGOROS The personification of soothing words. She was an attendant of Aphrodite.

PAREIA A nymph of the island of Paros loved by King Minos of Crete.

PARTHENOS A virgin goddess. She was a Naxian princess who leapt into the sea to escape the wrath of her stepfather Staphylos. Her real father Apollo then rescued her and transformed her into a goddess.

PASIPHAE A goddess-witch of the island of Crete, the wife of King Minos. She was filled with an unnatural desire for the Cretan Bull and after mating it conceived the bull-headed Minotaur.

PASITHEA One of the goddess Charites. She was married to Hypnus the god of sleep.

PASSALUS (Passalos) One of the monkey-like Cercopes.

PEGAEAE (Pegaiai) Naiad-nymphs of springs.

PEGASIS A Trojan Naiad nymph.


PEGASUS (Pegasos) A winged horse which sprung from the neck of Medusa after her decapitation. He was tamed by the hero Bellerophon who rode him into battle against the Amazons and the monster Chimera.

PEIRENE The weeping Naiad nymph of the fountain of the town of Corinth. She was loved by Poseidon.

PEITHO The Oceanid goddess of persuasion and seductive words. She was the nurse and close companionof the goddess Aphrodite.

PELIONIDES The nymphs of Mt Pelion, daughters of the centaur Chiron. They nursed the tribe of Centaurs spawned by the cloud nymph Nephele.

PEMPHREDO One of old hag Graeae.

PENELOPE (Penelopeia) An Arcadian Oread nymph. She was the mother of the god Pan by Hermes.

PENEUS (Peneios) A river of Thessaly and its god.

PENIA The female personification of poverty. She seduced the daemon Porus during the birthday celebrations of the goddess Aphrodite.

PENTHUS (Penthos) The male personification of grief and lamentation.

PERIBOEA (1) (Periboia) The Oceanid nymph wife of the Titan Lelantus.

PERIBOEA (2) (Periboia) The Naiad nymph wife of the Spartan Prince Icarius.

PERSEIS An Oceanid nymph loved by the god Helius. She was the mother of the witches Circe, Pasiphae and Aeetes.


PERSEPHONE The Queen of the underworld. She was a spring-time goddess, the only daughter of Demeter, who was abducted to the underworld by Hades. Her mother brought famineto the world until Zeus agreed to let her return for part of the year.

PERSES The Titan god of destruction and laying waste.

PERSEUS A great Argive hero who slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued princess Andromeda from a sea monster.

PEUCE (Peuke) The Naiad nymph of an isle of the river Ister (the Danube).

PHAEA (Phaia) A wild sow which ravaged the town of Crommyon. It was slain by the hero Theseus.

PHAENON (Phainos) The god of the star Jupiter or Saturn. He was a beautiful boy once crafted by the Titan Prometheus. Zeus fell in love with him and made him a shining star-god.

PHAEO (Phaio) One of the starry Hyades.

PHAESYLE (Phaisyie) One of the starry Hyades.

PHAETHON (1) A son of the sun-god Helius who attempted to drive his father's chariot. He lost control and after scorching the earth was struck down by the bolta of Zeus.

PHAETHON (2) The handsome young god of the star Jupiter. He was seized by Aphrodite who appointed him the guardian-daemon of her temple.

PHAETHUSA (Paethousa) A nymph daughter of the sun-god Helios, and the shepherdess of his flocks on the island of Thrinacie.

PHALES The god of the phallus paraded in the Dionysian fertility procession. He was also a god of adultery and pedastery.

PHANES The golden-winged god of creation who hatched from the universal egg at the beginning of time.

PHARMACEA (Pharmakeia) The Naiad nymph of a poisonous spring near the town of Athens.

PHASIS A river of Colchis and its god.

PHAUNUS (Phaunos) A god of the forests, and an attendant of Dionysus. He was the same as the Italian Faunus.

PHEME The female personification of rumour.

PHERES LAMIOI Daemon guardians and companions of the infant god Dionysus. They were transformed into bull-horned satyrs-like beasts by Hera.

PHERESPONDOS One of the three Satyr messengers of the god Dionysus.

PHERUSA (Pherousa) The goddess of plenty and abundance. She was one of the Horae (Seasons).

PHIALE One of the attendant nymphs of the goddess Artemis.

PHIGALIA A Dryad nymph of the Arcadian town Phigalia.

PHILODICE (Philodike) A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Inachus, the wife of a Messenian king.

PHILOPHROSYNE The goddess of friendliness and welcome. She was one of the Charis daughters of Hephaestus.

PHILOTES The female personification of affection, friendship and perhaps also sex.

PHILYRA (Philyre) An Oceanid nymph loved by the Titan Cronus. When Rhea discovered their rendeavous he transformed himself into a stallion. From their union the centaur Chiron was born. Philyra was later transformed into a linden tree.


PHOBUS (Phobos) The daemon personification of fear. He was a son and battlefield companion of the god Ares.

PHOEBE (1) (Phoibe) The Titan goddess of bright intellect and the oracle at Delphi. She gifted the shrine to her grandson Apollon on his birthday.

PHOEBE (2) One of the two Leucippides, Messenian princesses who became the goddess wives of the Dioscuri.

PHOEBE (3) (Phoibe) A Hamadryad nymph loved by King Danaus of Libya.

PHOENIX (Phoinix) A fabulous Arabian or Indian bird whose egg was hatched in flames.

PHOETIUS (Phoitos) A Gigante vanquished by the goddess Hera in the giant war.

PHOLUS (Pholos) An Arcadian centaur who once entertained Heracles in his cave with wine. When the other centaurs attacked Heracles drove them off with his poison arrows, but Pholus accidentally dropped one on his foot and died.

PHONOI The personificatied daemones of murder.

PHORCYS (Phorkys) An ancient crab-like Sea-God. He was the father and grandfather of most of the monsters of myth.

PHTHONUS (Phthonos) The personification of jealousy and envy.

PHUSIS The Protogenos (primeval goddess) of nature.

PHYLONOE A Spartan maiden made immortal by the goddess Artemis.

PISTIS The female personification of trust, honesty and good faith.

PITANE A Naiad nymph daughter of the Spartan river Eurotas. She was loved by Poseidon.

PITYS A Dryad nymph who fled the embraces of Pan and was transformed into a fir tree.

PLATAEA (Plataia) The Naiad nymph of the Boeotian town of Plataea loved by Zeus. The god pretended to be taking her for his bride when Hera abandoned their marriage.

PLEIADES Seven star nymph daughters of the Titan Atlas who were loved by the gods. They were transferred to heavens after the lusty giant Orion chased them for seven years.

PLEIONE The Oceanid nymph wife of the Titan Atlas. She and her daughter Pleiades were pursued by the lusty giant Orion for seven years before the gods placed them amongst the stars.

PLEISTUS (Pleistos) A river of Phocis and its god.

PLUTO (Plouto) The nymph mother of the impious Lydian King Tantalos by Zeus.

PLUTUS (Ploutos) The god of agricultural wealth. He was blinded by Zeus so that he would distribute wealth indiscriminately and not favour the good.

POENA (1) (Poine)The female personification of retaliation.

POENA (2) (Poine) A monstrous child-devouring she-dragon which was summoned forth from the underworld by Apollo to punish the Argives for the death of his infant son Linos.

POLEMUS (Polemos) The personification of war.


POLYBOEA (Polyboia) A Spartan maiden who became an immortal attendant of the goddess Artemis.

POLYBOTES A Gigante crushed beneath the island of Nisyrus by the god Poseidon in the giant war.

POLYMNIA (Polyhymnia) The Muse of hymns.

POLYPHE The Oceanid nymph mother of the goddess Athena Hippia by Poseidon.

POLYPHEMUS (Polyphemos) A man-eating Cyclops who was blinded by the hero Odysseus.

POLYXO An Egyptian naiad.

POMPE The female personification of religious processions.

PONTUS (Pontos) The Protogenos (primeval god) of the sea.

PONUS (Ponos) The personification of hard labour.

PORPHYRION A king of the giants who was slain by Zeus and Heracles in the giant war when he attempted to rape Hera.

PORUS (Poros) The male personification of expediency. He was seduced by Penia (Poverty) at the birthday celebrations of Aphrodite.


POSEIDON The King of the Sea, and the god of horses, rivers and earthquakes. He was one of the great Olympian gods who received the sea when the cosmos was divided amongst the three sons of Cronus, following the overthrow of the Titans.

POTAMEIDES Naiad-nymphs of rivers.

POTAMOI The River god sons of Oceanus. Each river had its own god. They were manlike from the chest upwards, but below were bodied with the serpentine tail of a fish.

POTHUS (Pothos) The god of sexual longing. He was one of the winged Erotes (love gods).

PRAXIDICAE (Praxidikai) The goddess exacters of justice.

PRAXIDICE (Praxidike) The goddess exacter of justice.

PRAXITHEA The Naiad nymph wife of King Erechtheus of Athens.

PRIAPUS (Priapos) The rustic god of garden fertility. He was an ugly little satyr with enormous genitals.

PROIOXIS The battlefield personification of onrush.


PROMETHEUS The Titan god of forethought and the creator of mankind. He cheated the gods on several occasions on behalf of man, including the theft of fire. As punishment Zeus chained him to the Caucasus mountains and sent an eagle to prey on his ever-regenerating liver. He was later freed by Heracles.

PRONOEA (Pronoia) The Oceanid goddess nymph of foresight. She was the wife of the Titan Prometheus.

PRONOMUS (Pronomos) One of the three Satyr messengers of the god Dionysus.

PROPHASIS The female personification of excuses.

PROSYMNA A Naiad nymph daughter of the river Asterion. She and her sisters Euboea and Acraea were nurses of the goddess Hera.

PROTEUS An old sea god, the herdsman of the seals of Poseidon. He was once captured by the hero Menelaus despite his shapeshifting.

PROTOGENOI The first born, primeval gods who made up the very fabric of the universe - Chronus (Time), Chaos (Air), Gaea (Earth), Tartarus (Hell Pit), Uranus (Sky), Pontus (Sea), Nyx (Night), Erebus (Darkness), Hemera (Day), and Aether (Light). They each consisted of their own element, though a few were known to assume an anthropomorphic manifestation.

PSALACANTHA (Psalakantha) An Icarian Nymphe who fell in love with the god Dionysus. When she attempted to drive away his love Ariadne, he transformed her into a plany-plant.

PSAMATHE The Nereid goddess of sand. She was seduced by King Aeacus of Aegina.

PSECAS (Psekas) One of the attendant nymphs of the goddess Artemis.

PSEUDOLOGOI The personifications of lies.


PSYCHE (Psykhe) The goddess of the soul, wife of the love-god Eros. She was originally a mortal princess who rivalled Aphrodite in beauty. When Eros fell in love with her, the goddess put her through many trials before she was accepted into the Olympian fold.

PTELEA The Hamadryad nymph of the elm tree.

PTOCHEIA (Ptokheia) The female personification of beggary.

PYGMIES (Pygmaioi) A tribe of two-foot tall men of India and sub-Saharan Africa who warred with winter-migrating cranes.

PYRIPHLEGETHON The underworld river of fire and its god.

PYRRHICHUS (Pyrrhikhos) The Curete god of the pyrrhichus dance.

PYROEIS The star god of the planet Mars.

PYTHON A gigantic serpent born of the sludge of the earth, which was appointed by Themis or Gaea to guard the Delphic Oracle. The god Apollo slew the beast with his arrows when he seized the shrine.

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