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, in Greek mythology, daughters of Ceto and Phorcus, called Deino, Enyo, and Pemphredo. The personifications of old age, they were born with gray hair and only one eye and one tooth among them. They were the protectors of their sisters, the Gorgons.
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22) The three Gorgons share their identities with the three sisters known as the Graiae who were also begotten by Phorcys and Cetos.
quos talibus amens insequitur solitosque novat Satumia questus; "o utinam Graiae rueret non omne inventae in nova fata decus nostrique Eurystheos haec nunc iussa forent, imbrem et tenebras saevumque tridentem iamiam ego et inviti torsissem coniugis ignem.
Aided by Hermes and Athena, Perseus forced the Graiae, sisters of the Gorgons, to provide him with winged sandals (which enabled him to fly), the helmet of Hades (which conferred invisibility), a curved sword, or sickle, to decapitate Medusa, and a bag in which to conceal the head.