The most famous of the Greek Gods
Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and Hephaestus. Zeus was the king of the gods. He was the most powerful and could throw lightning at his enemies. He had a bad temper sometimes. Poseidon was the god of the sea and earthquakes. He had a temper too. Hades was the god of the underworld. He did not have much of a temper. And Hephaestus was the blacksmith of the gods. The Olympians were a group of twelve gods and goddesses. They lived on mount Olympus. Ares was the god of war and was not very popular.http://www.hol.gr/greece/ancgods.htm That is a website for the family tree.www.hol.gr/greece/ancgods.htm That is another.
His parents were Rhea and Kronos. Almost immediately after his birth, his mother hid him in a cave to stop Kronos from swallowing him. Kronos had a habit of eating their children. Luckily, when Zeus became a young man he made his father regurgitate the eaten children. They then overthrowed Kronos and imprisoned him and many other titans in Tartarus. He had a total of five brothers and sisters. His brothers and sisters were Hera, Posiden, Demeter, Hesta, and Hades. After Zeus had made Kronos vomit up his brothers and sisters, he and his brothers drew lots and Zeus got the sky, Poseidon was given the sea and Hades the under world. Zeus was the king of the gods. He lived on mount Olympus and could fire lighting at his enemies. The roman name for Zeus was Jupiter. The name Zeus was related to the Greek word Dios meaning bright. Zeus was also the god of the weather because he could fire lighting bolts.
When he grew up he married 18 wives and had 29 children. Many of Zeus’s children became heroes. Apollo was often represented on ancient Greek coins. Hermes became the messenger of the gods. Hercules became a hero when he completed the 12 labors. There were also temples to Zeus. Apollo was the sun of Zeus and the sun god, which gave the earth life. His carried a lyre with him. His symbol represents the egg of creation. Apollo’s mother was Leto. Unlike all the other gods, Apollo’s Greek name was exactly the same as his roman name. Apollo’s twin sister was Artimis. Apollo had no brothers that were not half brothers. He had no other sister that were not half sisters. He was one of the most important of the gods. Was worshipped throughout the world.
Ares is son of Hera and Zeus. When Ares was born he was disliked by his parents. When he grew up his parents hated him more and more. He had blood stains from war. Guess what, he was a coward. He was caught in an act of adultery with Aphrodite and her husband Hephaestus. His animal is a dog. It represents war and Ares. His bird is a vulture that represents stamina and strength. Ares has a brother called Hephaestus and his wife is Aphrodite. When Ares heard clashing of the weapons, he jumped with glee and put his war hemlet on and jumped on his war-chariot and raced into war.
Poseidon was the god of the sea, yet he was also the lord of earthquakes and horses. Although he was one of the supreme gods of mount Olympus, he preferred to stay in his watery domain. Poseidon was the brother of Zeus and Hades. The three of them divided up the creation of earth. Zeus, the ruler of the sky, Hades, the ruler of the underworld and Poseidon, the ruler of all water, both fresh and salt. Although there were rivers personified as gods, they would have basically been under Poseidon’s rule.
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