In Greek mythology, Protomedea or Protomedia (Ancient Greek: Πρωτομέδεια Prôtomedeia) was one of the 50 Nereids, marine-nymph daughters of the 'Old Man of the Sea' Nereus and the Oceanid Doris.[1] Her name means 'the first ruleress'[2] or 'first queen, first counsel'.[3]


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 249
  2. ^ Kerényi, Carl (1951). The Gods of the Greeks. London: Thames and Hudson. p. 64.
  3. ^ Bane, Theresa (2013). Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 282. ISBN 9780786471119.


  • Hesiod, Theogony from The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Cambridge, MA.,Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website.
  • Kerényi, Carl, The Gods of the Greeks, Thames and Hudson, London, 1951.