'The Roman Colosseum'
Myths about the Roman God Oceanus
The Oceanus, oldest son of
Coelus and Terra, or Vesta. He married Tethys, and besides
her had many other wives. He had
several sisters, all Nymphs, each of
whom possessed an hundred woods and
as many rivers. Oceanus was esteemed by the ancients as the father
both of gods and men, who were said to have taken their
beginning from him, on account of the ocean's encompassing
the earth with its waves, and because he was the principal
of that radical moisture diffused through universal matter,
without which, according to Thales, nothing could either be
produced or subsist.