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Graeae, Grey guards with one eye

The Graeae were old women with one eye and one tooth, responsible for the guard of the Gorgons

The Graeae were probably three monstrous sisters with the names Enyo ("the shocking"), Pemphredo ("the horrifying") and Deino ("the dreadful"). They became famous as the guards of the Gorgons, and Medusa in particular.

Family of the Graeae

The Graeae were the daughters of Phorcys, the god of danger, and Ceto, a goddess of the sea. They were the sisters of the Gorgons.

The Appearance of the Graeae

The Graeae had grey hair from birth, and the form of old women. They possessed altogether one eye and one tooth, which they shared among themselves. Enyo used to wear beautiful veils, while Pemphredo wore a deep yellow veil. Deino was the most fearsome of them.

The Residence of the Graeae

The Graeae lived near Hades, the god of the underworld, and therefore had probably never seen the light of the sun and moon.

Graeae means "grey/ old women" in ancient Greek.

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