greek godsThe gods of Greece are alike many other types of gods. They werepictured a lot like human men and women. The Greeks didn’t worship any animals. The gods, like people were endowed with many weaknesses. The gods could bejealous, envious, spiteful, and petty.
The gods were held to be immortal, butthey had a beginning. The rites of many gods came from Egypt. Most of the godslived on Mt. Olympus.
the first godsThe first gods were the Titans. They were before all the other gods. The Titans were the brothers Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Hyperion, Iapetus, andCronus. Also the sisters Thea, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosye, Phobe, and Tethys. the godsZeus was the strongest of all the gods.
He ruled the weather by himself,and the universe with 11 other gods. Zeus was the spiritual father of the gods. He was usually armed with a thunderbolt He was also called Thunder. Hera wasthe wife of Zeus. She was the goddess of marriage and childbirth.
She was alsothe queen of heaven . Poseidon was Zeus’ somewhat unruly brother. He was godof the sea, of earthquakes, streams, and horses. Hesta was the sister of Zeus. She was the goddess of the household. Ares was one of Zeus’ sons.
He was thegod of war. He loved Aphrodite. Apollo was also a son of Zeus. Apollo drovethe chariot of the sun across the skies.
He was the music maker of the gods andwas the god of light, music, medicine, agriculture, and prophecy. He was alsoKnown as Helios, the sun god. Hermes was the messenger of the gods and theprotector of travelers who escorted the dead down to Hades. He was also a son ofZeus.
Athena was Zeus’ favorite daughter because she had sprung fully armedfrom his head when Zeus swallowed her mother, Metis. She was the goddess ofwisdom and war. Frequently she was called Pallas. Artemis was the twinsister of Apollo. She was the moon goddess and also the goddess of vegetables,birth, and the hunt.
She was the favorite among people. Artimes was oftenpictured with a stag or hunting dogs. Hades another one of Zeus’ daughters wasthe ruler of the underworld. Later she was called Pluto.
Aphrodite was thegoddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Hephaestus was the only ugly god. Hewas the god of fire. He was skilled in craftsmanship.
He forged the armor ofthe gods. He was patron of handicrafts and protector of blacksmiths. Demeterwas the goddess of the Earth’s fruits. She was the mother of Persephone theseed corn.
Dionysus also Bacchus was the god of wine and intoxication. He wasa nature god of fruitfulness. The female worshippers of him were calledMeandads. They roamed around in a frantic drugged condition, hunting animalsand devouring their raw flesh. Pan was another god. He was a half man halfgoat.
The Fates were three old hags that were more powerful than the gods,because they knew the past, present, future. Nine goddess called Muses, werethe patrons of music, poetry, dance, and literature. heroesThe Heroes along with the gods were the characters in the myths andlegends. Hercules was the strongest and mightiest of all Greek heroes.
Theseuswas another hero. He defeated the Minotaur. Polythemus was the hero thatdefeated the Cyclops. Jason got the golden fleece. Preseus defeated Medusa. Pandora was also a hero in a way.
She was the one that opened the box with evilspirits and hope inside. legends and mythsThe legends of Greece were made to explain the things they didn’t knowabout. They also wrote myths and legends for entertainment. The myths andlegends had the gods and heroes as the characters.
Some of the stories areTheseus and the Minotaur, Pandora’s Box, Medusa and Preseus, and the storyof Polythemus and the cyclops. making of manThe Greeks believed that Prometneus was the maker of man. He made manby molding him out of clay. Then he got some of the gods together and usedtheir powers to make man live.
deathGreek ideas about the soul and afterlife were really not exact. But it wasthought apparently that the popular thought was that the soul hovered above itstomb or departed to a shadowy region were it led a melancholy existence