Greek Gods and Goddesses


God/Goddesses


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Poseidon (Roman Name: Neptune


Poseidon was another of the three sons of Cronus. He won the Sea as his realm in the casting of lots. Poseidon was a Sea God but he was also called Ennosigaios, Earthshaker and was the God of Earthquakes. Every coastal city was in some way connected to him. But he lost cities to other patrons as well: Corinth to Helius, Athens to Athena, and Argos to Hera (he was seriously bitter about that, and dried up the rivers for a while).


Hades (Roman Name: Ploutos)


Lord of the underworld (which was also known as Hades) and God of the dead. He abducted Persephone and made her his queen. Brother of Zeus.


Zeus(Roman Name: Jupiter)


The Supreme God of the Olympians.


The God of Sky, Weather, Thunder and Lightening (no one dare challenge his fierce thunderbolts); Cloud-Gatherer; God of Home and Hearth, of Hospitality to Strangers; of Oaths. Zeus was the youngest son of Titans, Cronus and Rhea


Heaven and Earth were his realms.


Hera (Roman name: Juno)


Hera is known for being the wife of Zeus (her brother), The Goddess of Marriage and the Queen of Gods. She’s also the younger daughter of Rhea and Cronus. Her bird is the peacock and she is known to be horribly jealous. She appeared to be very jealous of Hercules(son of Zeus)


Aphrodite (Roman name: Venus)


The goddess of love, beauty and fertility. She was also the protector of sailors. Aphrodite was the daughter of Dione and Zeus. She is also the great grandmother of Dionysus (who she also had a child with), and she had a brief relationship with Ares.



Dionysus (Roman name: Bacchus)


The god of wine and the son of Zeus and mortal heroine Semele. Dionysus was the one who granted Midas the power to turn whatever he touched into gold.


Ares ( Roman name: Mars)


The god of war. Ares’ father is Zeus. Ares was handsome and cruel. He was often shown carrying a bloodstained spear. His thrown on Mount Olympus is said to be covered in human skin.


Apollo ( Roman name: Phoebus)


The god of prophesy, music and healing. As god of music, Apollo is often seen playing the lyre. He didn’t invent this instrument; it was given to him by Hermes. Apollo was the twin brother of Artemis.


Artemis ( Roman name: Diana)


Artemis was the virgin goddess of the hunt. She helped woman during child birth. Artemis and her brother Apollo were the children of Zeus and Leto. When Apollo noticed Artemis spending great deal hunting, he decided to end their close relationship. Artemis was very cold and vowed never to marry.


Hermes ( Roman name: Mercury)


The messenger of the gods and guide of dead souls to the Underworld. Hermes was a prankster and a genius from birth. He is the son of Zeus and a mountain nymph. Hermes created the first lyre. Hermes was known for his helpfulness to mankind. He owned magic sandals, with the ability to fly and often let others borrow them.


Hephaestus ( Roman name: Vulcan)


The god of fire and crafts. Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera. He limped because he was born lame, which caused his mother to throw him off Mount Olympus.



Demeter ( Roman name: Ceres)


The goddess of agriculture. Demeter was the sister of Zeus and the mother of Persephone. She was known for her bad temper.


Athena ( Roman name: Minerva)


The goddess of Wisdom, Weaving, Crafts and Military Victory. Athena is also the patron goddess of Athens and one of the three Virgin Goddesses. Her bird was an owl. Athena was the daughter of Zeus and Metis.