Graeae

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Graeae

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Graiae

(both: grē`ī), 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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Like the Graiai, she has lovely cheeks, but she lacks the vulnerability to the passage of time that is implied in their greyness; she also seems to be free of the mortal element that keeps the three Gorgons from being completely invulnerable.
Within herself, she embodies a vision of the female aggressor that remains unsuccessfully negotiated in her siblings, the Gorgons and Graiai. Medusa is mortal, and the Graiai's greyness leaves them paradoxically unbound by time, but her fatal glance easily one-ups the fragile exchange of the one eye between them.
(9) Both Goettling (1843) and Muetzell (1833) have suggested that the text may have mentioned a third sister to the two Graiai. I concur with Usener 1903 and West 1966 that sets, where two sisters become three, are sufficiently well-attested and so there is no overwhelming need here to favor reading three Graiai in place of the two.