Parents Poseidon and Amphitrite


Immortal children Triteia
Mortal children
Wife/husband None
Names Messenger of the sea
Titles God of the navy

Triton was the god of the navy and the messenger of the sea. He was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite.


Like his father, Triton carried a trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was so terrible, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a mighty wild beast. Triton dwelt with his parents in a golden palace in the depths of the sea.

Triton was the father of Pallas and foster parent to the goddess Athena. Pallas was killed by Athena during a fight between the two goddesses. Triton is also sometimes cited as the father of Scylla and Lamia. Triton might be multiplied into a host of Tritones, daimones of the sea.

Triton was adopted by the Romans as the son of Neptune and Salacia. In the Aeneid, Misenus, the trumpeter of Aeneas, challenged Triton to a contest of trumpeting. The god flung him into the sea for his arrogance.