|“||Excuse me, my lord. I am needed in the battle.||”|
Along with her sisters, Amphitrite came to the aid of sailors in distress, fought perilous storms, and took care of the sea's rich bounty.
Marriage with Poseidon
After Poseidon replaced Oceanus, he allowed the Nereids to continue duties, put them in his court, and upheld their honor when they were insulted. Though they were all grateful to him and most of her sisters would have been pleased to become his wife, Amphitrite avoided Poseidon due to her unwillingness to get married. However, he tried everything to win her heart despite she refused all his advances out of fear.
Eventually, Amphitrite fled and hid herself near Atlas in the ocean stream at the far ends of the world, which caused Poseidon to sink into a deep depression that disrupted the sea creatures. Poseidon later sent the God of Dolphins, Delphin, to help him by retrieving her. At Delphin's persuasive presentation of all the benefits and advantages she could enjoy if she consented to marrying the 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 her sisters. The couple came to have children, including Triton (who became his father's herald, and current heir), Rhode (a minor goddess who became the patron deity of an island named after her and married to Helios), and Kymopoleia (goddess of violent sea storms who later married the Hekatonkheire Briares). Though Amphitrite loved her children dearly, neither her or Poseidon apprecited Kymopoleia as much as the rest of their children due to her chaotic nature.
Unlike other goddesses, Amphitrite acted kindly to Poseidon's demigod children, treating Theseus like an honored guest when he came to visit and giving him a purple cloak (which is a symbol of kingship) to wear.
Amphitrite is seen talking strategy with her husband in the throne room of their ocean-floor palace, along with their son. Her stepson, Percy Jackson, joins them, but she treats him coldly and swims away when Poseidon tried to present her to his son. She left the meeting to return to the battle along with other gods. Poseidon apologized for her behavior to Percy, who thinks she sees him as the proof of her husband's unfaithfulness and feels sorry for her. However, Amphitrite was more worried about Oceanus' attacks.
It can be deduced that Amphitrite's initial cold attitude towards Percy was due to the tumultuous circumstances under which they had first met. She has been actually nice to her stepson: she doesn't mind when he leaves dirty laundry in the guest room, 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.
In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Amphitrite prefers to live a quiet life and enjoys her independence. Delphin 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.
Amphitrite used to be shy and avoid courtships from male gods because of the intense fear she had conceived from hearing stories of how gods treat their wives, believing that being married would rob her of her freedom. She is perfectly content with her lot so long as it is reasonable: she knew Poseidon wouldn't be a faithful husband, but doesn't care about that due to not being prone to jealousy and is content as long as he doesn't try to turn her into his puppet and treats her children well.
|“||To his right stood a beautiful woman in green armor with flowing black hair and strange little horns like crab claws.||”|
In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Amphitrite was described to be a gorgeously beautiful woman, with black hair pinned back in a net of pearls and silk, a circlet of polished red crab claws across her brow, mocha-dark eyes, a kind smile, and a beautiful laugh. She also radiated a gentle kindness that particularly distinguished her from her sisters and other gods, and usually wore a simple white gown. Above all she is the prettiest and most beautiful of all the Nereids.
In The Last Olympian, Amphitrite was also described to be a beautiful woman, with little horns similar to crab claws in her flowing black hair, and she wore green battle armor.
Salacia is Amphitrite's Roman counterpart. As Salacia, she becomes more disciplined, warlike, and militaristic. She 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 personification of the calm and sunlit aspect of the sea. Salacia is represented as a beautiful nymph, crowned with seaweed, dressed in queenly robes and has nets in her hair. She is either enthroned beside her husband Neptune or driving with him in a pearl shell chariot drawn by dolphins, hippocampi or other creatures of the deep, attended by Tritons and Nereids.
Neptune wanted to marry Salacia, but she was in great awe of her distinguished suitor and managed to glide out of his sight with celerity in order to preserve her virginity. She hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean, so the grieving Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade the nymph to come back and share his throne. Salacia agreed to marry Neptune and bore him three children. Overjoyed, the dolphin was awarded a place in the heavens, where he now forms the constellation Delphinus.
As the Queen of the Sea, Amphitrite is an extremely powerful goddess. She is considered a minor goddess.
- Hydrokinesis: As a Nereid and Queen of the Sea, Amphitrite has absolute control and divine authority over water.
- Swimming: Amphitrite is a highly skilled swimmer. In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, she fled the ocean stream at the far ends of the world.
- Water Immunity: Her body allows her to survive the freezing cold temperatures at the bottom of the ocean.
- Aerokinesis (possibly): Amphitrite is said to have the power to "still the winds", which implies that she has a degree of control over air.
- Aquatic Authority: As Queen of the Sea, Amphitrite has divine authority over aquatic creatures.
- Fighting Prowess: As a merperson, Amphitrite was trained in combat as a way to survive the dangers of the ocean. She fought actively in the Second Titan War, meaning that she is a capable combatant.
- Culinary Arts: In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Amphitrite baked cookies for Percy, which shows that she is a good cook.
- Amphitrite is mostly known as the female personification of the sea. Though in actuality this would be the protogenos Thalassa; who is sometimes credited as the mother of Aphrodite as a result.
- Amphitrite has a lot in common with Britomartis, a goddess of fishing nets who doesn't want to marry.
- In most myths, Amphitrite returned to and married Poseidon against her will.
- Since she's Nereus' daughter and Oceanus' granddaughter (through her mother, Doris), she's related with the main sea deities before Poseidon came to power, and when she married him, she gave her husband an actual connection with his predecessors ruling the sea.
- Derived from Latin, "sal" meaning "salt", the name "Salacia" denotes the wide open sea, and is sometimes literally translated to "mean sensational".
- As Salacia, she is sometimes also known as the Goddess of the Springs, ruling over the springs of highly mineralized waters.
- The goddess Sulis, an aspect of Salacia is worshiped at the sacred hot springs at Bath.
- In northern Europe, the Norse goddess, Rán, is equivalent to Salacia (Roman counterpart of Amphitrite).