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Dec 19 2006

Greek Mythology Top Gods

Olympians
The 12 Olympians resided on the top of Mount Olympus

  1. Zeus is the highest ranking and most powerful god, the ruler of Mount Olympus, god of the sky.
  2. Poseidon, together with Hades is one of the two next most senior gods, god of the sea, rivers and springs, floods and earthquakes.
  3. Hera is the wife of Zeus, the goddess Queen of the heavens and stars, of marriage and fidelity.
  4. Demeter is the goddess of the fertile earth and agriculture. Her bounty sustains mankind.
  5. Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, animals, wilderness and the protector of young girls.
  6. Apollo is the god of prophesy, light, music, healing, disease and medicine and archery.
  7. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, the crafts (especially weaving, pottery and carpentry), inner beauty, education and defensive war.
  8. Hephaestus is the god of fire, workmanship, artisans and weaponry and the craftsman of the gods.
  9. Ares is the god of offensive war and slaughter.
  10. Aphrodite is the goddess of love, sexuality, outer beauty and attraction.
  11. Hermes is the god of guidance, travelers, commerce, inventions, oratory, shepherds, consolation and reunions, athletics, patron of thieves, and messenger of the Gods.
  12. Hestia is the goddess of the home, family and the hearth.
  13. Dionysus is the youngest of the Olympians, and the god of wine, vegetation, fertility and the theater. He alternates with Hestia in ancient lists of the twelve Olympians. Some scholars do not count Dionysus among the Olympian gods because though he is the son of Zeus, his mother was a mortal.

The Olympics were first held in honor of Zeus near Mount Olympus, but they were originally called The Olympian Games

The Olympics were of fundamental religious importance, contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies honouring both Zeus (whose colossal statue stood at Olympia), and Pelops, divine hero and mythical king of Olympia famous for his legendary chariot race, in whose honour the games were held.

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