overthrew his Father Cronus and then drew
lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades. Zeus won the draw and became
the supreme ruler of the gods. He is lord of the sky, and the rain. His
weapon is a thunderbolt, which he hurls at those who displease him. He
is married to Hera but is famous for his many affairs. He is also known
as the god that punishes those that lie or break oaths.
is the brother of Zeus. After the overthrow of their Father Cronus he
drew lots with Zeus and Hades, another brother, to share the power of
the world. His prize was to become lord of the sea. He was widely worshipped
by seamen. He married Amphitrite, a granddaughter of the Titan Oceanus.
He desired Demeter, who asked him to make the most beautiful animal
that the world had ever seen, just to put him off. So, Poseidon created
the first horse. In some accounts, his first attempts were unsuccessful,
he created a variety of animals in his quest and then created the first
horse. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth, and shatter
any object. He is the most powerful Olympian god, after Zeus.
Poseidon and wife, Amphitrite, are father and mother to the Greek God
Triton. Just like his powerful father Poseidon, Triton also carries
a trident. In addition to his Sea God and Goddess parents, Triton
rings power throughout the sea as well.
is the brother of Zeus. After the overthrow of their Father Cronus he
drew lots with Zeus and Poseidon, another brother, to share the power
of the world. He had the worst draw and was made lord of the underworld,
ruling over the dead. He is a greedy god who is greatly concerned with
increasing his subjects. He is exceedingly disinclined to allow any of
his subjects leave. He is also the god of wealth, due to the
precious metals that mined from the earth. He has a helmet that makes
him invisible and he rarely leaves the underworld. He is unpitying and
terrible, but not capricious. His wife is Persephone whom Hades abducted.
He is the King of the dead but, death itself is another god, Thanatos.
is Zeus sister. She is a virgin goddess. She does not have a distinct personality.
She plays no part in myths. She is the Goddess of the Hearth, the symbol
of the house around which a newborn child is carried before it is received
into the family. Each city had a public hearth sacred to Hestia, where
the fire was never allowed to go out.
is Zeus wife and sister. The Titans Ocean and Tethys raised her. She is
the protector of marriage and takes special care of married women. Hera's
marriage was founded in strife with Zeus and continued in strife. Zeus
courted her unsuccessfully. Then he changed himself into dishevelled cuckoo.
Hera feeling sorry for the bird held it to her breast to warm it. Zeus
then transformed in his normal form and took advantage of the opportunity
he gained, and raped her. Then she married him to cover her shame. Zeus
was being particularly overbearing to the other gods and Hera convinced
them to join in a revolt. Her part in the revolt was to drug Zeus, and
when she managed that, the gods bound the sleeping Zeus to a couch, noticing
to tie many knots. After that, they began to quarrel over the next step.
Briareus overheard the arguments, full of gratitude to Zeus, Briareus
slipped in and try to untie the knots. Zeus sprang from the couch and
grabbed up his thunderbolt. The gods fell to their knees begging and pleading
for mercy. Then Zeus seized Hera and hung her from the sky with gold
chains. She wept in pain all night but none of the others dared to
interfere. Her weeping kept Zeus up and the next morning he agreed to
release her if she would swear never to rebel again. She didnít have a
choice, so she agreed. Since she couldnít rebel again, she often intrigued
against Zeus's plans and she was often able to outwit him. Most stories
concerning Hera have to do with her revenge for Zeus's infidelities. Her
sacred animals are the cow and the peacock. Her favourite city is Argos.
is the son of Zeus and Hera. Both parents disliked him. He is the god of
war and he is considered murderous and bloodstained but, also a coward.
When he was caught in an act of adultery with Aphrodite, her husband Hephaestus
publicly ridiculed him. His bird is the vulture. His animal is the dog.
is the daughter of Zeus. She is fierce and brave in battle but only fights
to protect the state and home from outside enemies. She is the goddess
of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture. She has invented the bridle,
which permits man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the
rake, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She is the embodiment of wisdom,
reason, and purity. She is Zeus's favourite child and she is allowed to
use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her favourite city is Athens.
Her tree is the olive and the owl is her bird. She is a virgin goddess.
is the son of Zeus and Leto. His twin sister is Artemis. He is the god
of music, playing a golden lyre, of light and truth, who can not tell a
lie. One of Apollo's more important daily tasks is to harness his chariot
with four horses and drive the sun across the sky. He is famous for his
oracle at Delphi and people use to travel to it from all over the Greek
world to divine the future. His tree is the laurel, his bird is the crow
and his animal is the dolphin.
is the goddess of love, desire and beauty. In addition to her natural gifts
she has a magical girdle that compels anyone she wishes to desire her.
There are two accounts of her birth. One says she is the daughter of Zeus
and Dione. The other goes back to when Cronus castrated Uranus and tossed
his severed genitals into the sea. Aphrodite then arose from the sea foam
on a giant scallop and walked to shore in Cyprus. She is the wife of Hephaestus.
The myrtle is her tree, the dove, the swan, and the sparrow are her birds.
is the son of Zeus and Maia. He is Zeusís messenger. He is the fastest
of the gods. He wears winged sandals, a winged hat, and carries a magic
wand. He is the god of thieves and commerce. He is the guide for the dead
to go to the underworld. He invented the lyre, the pipes, the musical scale,
astronomy, weights and measures, boxing, gymnastics, and the care of olive
is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Her twin brother is Apollo. She is the
lady of the wild things. She is the huntsman of the gods. She is the protector
of the young. Like Apollo she hunts with silver arrows. She is a virgin
goddess, and the goddess of chastity. She also presides over childbirth,
which may seem odd for a virgin, but goes back to cause Leto no pain when
she was born. She became associated with Hecate. The cypress is her tree.
All wild animals are scared to her and especially the deer.
is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced
him and that he has no father. He is the only god who is physically ugly
and lame. Accounts as how he became lame vary. Some say that Hera, upset
by having an ugly child, flung him from Mount Olympus into the sea, breaking
his legs. Others that he took Hera's side in an argument with Zeus and
Zeus flung him off Mount Olympus. He is the god of fire and the forge.
He is the smith and armourer of the gods. He uses a volcano as his forge.
He is the patron god of both smiths and weavers. He is kind and peace loving.
His wife is Aphrodite. Sometimes his wife is identified as Aglaia.