In Greek mythology, Proteus, an ancient demi-god of the seas, was guardian of the seals (the animal variety) of Poseidon, that lord of the waters and earthquakes whom the Romans later called Neptune. Among his divinatory and other attributes, Proteus could readily assume any one of countless forms, all of which were different but all intended for one specific purpose: to confound detection and questioning. So elusive was he said to have been that all who would learn his secrets had first to find and identify him and then to devise means for holding him fast. Only then could any meaningful dialogue with Proteus even begin. Not surprisingly, they usually failed, even in these preliminary efforts.
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