Greek Mythology – The Olympians

Cronos (the guy who castrated Uranus) now had fate against himself. Because he had wronged his father, it was prophesied that he would end up in a similar sticky situation. So he systematically started eating his own children.  When Zeus was about to be born, Rhea (his mother) asked Gaia to help her save him. Rhea gave birth to Zeus, and gave Cronus a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he swallowed, and didn’t even choke upon!

When Zeus grew up, he forced Cronos to belch out the rock and the rest of his siblings. They all then went against Cronos and the rest of the Titans. The kids won and the Titans were sent to the deepest pit in the underworld, Tartarus.  Atlas, one of the titans that fought against Zeus, was punished by having to hold up the sky.

The Olympians
The Olympians

The three Olympian brothers then picked straws to decide who would be god of what. Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon got the waters, and Hades got the underworld.

As I told you in the previous post, there was an awful lot of incest and numerous gods and demi gods were born (mostly because women could not resist Zeus, he sired more than a 100 children!)

Here’s a list of the twelve famous Olympians and there respective domains:

Zeus:  King of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus; god of the sky, and thunder.

Hera: Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family.

Poseidon: God of the seas, earthquakes, and tidal wave.

Demeter: Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons.

Athena: Virgin goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, defense, and strategic warfare.

Dionysius: God of wine, celebrations, and ecstasy. Patron god of the art of theatre.

Apollo: God of light, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, the arts, music, poetry, prophecy, archery, the sun, manly youth, and beauty.

Artemis: Goddess of the hunt, virginity, childbirth, archery, the moon, and all animals.

Ares: God of war, violence, and bloodshed.

Aphrodite: Goddess of love, beauty, and desire.

Hephaestus: Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge.

Hermes: Messenger of the gods; god of commerce, thieves, and games.

 

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5 Replies to “Greek Mythology – The Olympians”

  1. Zeus was a real cheater. I preferred his portrayal in Hercules as the loving and cooky father. Now I feel like watching Hercules.

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