Who is Pricus in Greek mythology?
Constellations are the different groups of stars that are up in the night sky. There are different explanations for these constellations that are seen on a starry night. One of those constellations is Capricorn, which is explained by the story of Pricus and his children.
In Greek mythology, Pricus was known as a ruler of time and a sea-goat. A sea-goat has a front half that is a goat. The lower or other half is the tail of a fish. Pricus was the first of the sea goats and he could live forever. This eventually made his life difficult, though. However, the Gods liked Pricus and the sea-goats. In fact, Pricus was created by Cronos, the God of Time.
Pricus also had sea-goat children who were just like him that could also speak. Unfortunately, Pricus’ children were interested in going onto the land instead of staying with their father at sea. They were able to climb onto the land by using their front legs and feet. They would lay out in the sun. Once they were on the land they lost their powers and weren’t as smart. They eventually had legs instead of their fish tails. Basically, they’d become regular goats on land.
In one part of the mythology, Pricus tried to turn back time so he could have his children back with him at sea. However, whenever he did this, his sea-goat children still decided to go to the land and became regular goats again. He would try to warn them or even tell they weren’t allowed to go to the land, but nothing he did worked. He eventually realized he couldn’t stop their destiny. Pricus stopped reversing time and allowed his children to be on the land.
Finally, Pricus asked his creator Cronos, the God of Time, to help him out. Pricus told Cronos he didn’t want to be the only sea-goat and so he asked Cronos to help him die. Unfortunately, Pricus was unable to die since he was immortal. So instead, Cronos threw Pricus up into the night’s sky with the stars.
The immortal Pricus became a constellation of stars and was able to watch over his children from up above. He is even able to see his goat children that are on the mountaintops. The constellation Pricus became is known as Capricorn in the night sky. Capricorn is often considered to be a fish-goat or regular goat.
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