Greek Gods of Mount Olympus
The Greek gods of Mount Olympus were more human than we realize. They had super human powers, but suffered from the same dilemmas humans throughout time have faced. The gods were put through deceit, rivalry, and breaking the rules they enforced on others.
Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. He had two brothers, Poseidon and Hades. Zeus is lord of the sky, the rain god, and the gatherer of clouds. His weapon is a thunderbolt, which he hurls at those who displease him. His breastplate was the aegis. His bird was the eagle and his tree was the oak tree. Zeus started a new era for the gods and created a council of gods in mount ...view middle of the document...
Hades was unpitying and terrible, but predictable. He exceedingly disinclined to allow any of his subjects leave. Hades abducted his wife, Zeus's daughter, Persephone. His helmet makes him invisible.
Hera is the wife and sister of Zeus. Hera bored four children for Zeus. Ares was the god of war, Hephaestus was the god of fire and metalworking. Hebe was the goddess of youth, and Eileithyia was the goddess of childbirth. Hera was the protector of women, presiding over marriage and childbirth. She takes special care of married women and frequently punished offending husbands. Hera was thought to be pretty and unforgiving. Heras' sacred animals are the cow and the peacock. Her favorite city is Argos. The Romans identified Hera with Juno.
Many of the myths are full of deceit, which means to trick or lie. Zeus was married to Hera but is famous for his many affairs, which is lying and breaking the oaths such as marriage. He is also known to punish those that lie or break oaths.
Besides the trickery between the gods, they also had rivalry. Poseidon has a difficult quarrelsome personality. He was greedy. He had a series of disputes with other gods when he tried to take over their cities. Poseidon similarly cursed the wife of King Minos. Minos had proved his divine right to rule Crete by calling on Poseidon to send a bull from the sea, which the king promised to sacrifice. Poseidon sent the bull, but Minos liked it too much to sacrifice it. Poseidon asked Aphrodite, the goddess of love; to make Minos's queen, Pasiphea, fall in love with the bull. The result was the monstrous Minotaur, half-man,...