Fish-t ailed fert ilit y goddess of t he Middle East, one of the first known merbeings to be depict ed in art .
Etymology: Greek word.
Variant names: At argat is, Dea Syria, Dercet o.
Physical description: Half woman, half fish.
Distribution: East ern Medit erranean Sea.
Significant sighting: Worshiped in Phoenicia, where Lucian saw her mermaidlike image in t he second cent ury a.d.
Sources: Diodorus Siculus, History, ii.; Lucian of Samosat a, De dea Syria; Gwen Benwell and Art hur Waugh, Sea Enchantress (London: Hutchinson, 1961), pp. 28-29.
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