Greek Gods Facts

Greek Gods Facts
Ancient Greeks not only invented the Greek Gods and Goddesses but they also believed they existed. They believed that the Gods and Goddesses had magical powers and could affect their lives if they wished to. They built temples to honor their Gods and created myths about each one. There were many Gods and because each temple could only honor one God there were a lot of temples built in Ancient Greece. The myths have sometimes changed through history but the powers that each of the Gods possessed have always remained the same. The Theogony is a famous poem that was written by a Greek writer named Hesiod in 700 BC, which explains the origins of the Greek Gods. The Olympian Gods are listed below.
Interesting Greek Gods Facts:
Zeus was the ruler of the Olympian gods. He was the god of the sky. His weapon was a thunderbolt that he threw at those who made him angry. His wife was Hera.
Hera was the wife and sister of Zeus. She was the queen of all the gods, and she was the goddess of marriage and childbirth. Both Zeus and Hera were the children of Cronus and Rhea.
Poseidon was the god of the sea. He was Zeus' brother and son of Cronus and Rhea. Poseidon's weapon was the three-pronged trident, which was capable of shattering any object or shaking the earth. His wife was Amphitrite.
Hades was King of the underworld, and was ruler of the dead. He was also the god of regret. His wife was Persephone. He was Zeus' other brother and son of Cronus and Rhea.
Hestia was Zeus' sister and was the goddess of the hearth. Hestia was Hera's sister. In ancient Greece, Hestia was considered to be the most important goddess to the women.
Ares is the god of war. He is the son of Hera and Zeus but they are not fond of him because he was self-centered and a coward. He loved war.
Athena is the daughter of Zeus but she had no mother. She was born directly from Zeus' forehead. She was the goddess of wisdom and was kind, wise and understanding.
Apollo was the son of Leto and Zeus. He is the god of music. His job was to make the sun rise, and to watch over musicians. He had a twin sister Artemis.
Aphrodite was the daughter of Zeus but her true origins are unknown. Some believe she appeared from the sea one day and Zeus took her in as his daughter. She was the goddess of love and beauty.
Hermes was the son of Maia and Zeus. He was the fastest god and was Zeus' messenger. He was the messenger of the gods and the dealmaker of the gods.
Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and was Apollo's twin sister. She was the goddess of the hunt and the goddess of the moon.
Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera. He was the handyman of the gods because he liked to build things. He also became the god of fire and forge, and also became the god of volcanoes. He was married to Aphrodite.

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