Olympian Gods and Goddesses

Olympian Gods and Goddesses

Olympian Gods and Goddesses GREEK MYTHOLOGY Mythology noun A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing

their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes. www.dictionary.com What is a myth, exactly? A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a

fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or outlining the psychology, customs, or ideals of society www.dictionary.com What is a myth, exactly? A fiction or half-truth, especially one that

forms part of an ideology. ideology- a body of ideas that reflects the beliefs and interests of a nation, political system, etc and underlies political actiona philosophy of life. www.dictionary.com

Zeus Roman Name: Jupiter King of the gods Ruler of Mt. Olympus God of weather Dominating and powerful with a soft spot for pretty women Hurls thunderbolts when irritated

Aphrodite Roman Name: Venus Goddess of love and beauty Can make others fall in love Married to Hephaestus (unwillingly); was unfaithful to him

Apollo Roman Name: Phoebus God of the sun In charge of moving the sun across the sky Hunter; patron of archery Patron of the arts, especially music,

and medicine (had healing powers) Ares Roman Name: Mars God of war Involvement with all warlike activities and will intervene in war Violent and eager to fight, is indifferent

to right and wrong in battle Artemis Roman Name: Diana Goddess of the moon In charge of movement of moon across the sky Twin of Apollo

Mighty huntress; protector of small children and animals Athena Roman Name: Minerva Goddess of wisdom and war Preferred reason to violence, except when pushed

Overseer of household crafts Very competitive Demeter Roman Name: Ceres Goddess of the earth and harvest Responsible growth of crops and fruits

Strong motherly instincts Dionysus Roman Name: Liber God of wine and theater Wild and fun-loving personality Has undesirable friends

Hephaestus Roman Name: Vulcan God of fire and artisans Skilled craftsman and metal worker Married to Aphrodite (against her will) Only crippled god/thrown down Olympus by his mother Hera

Admired for his work Hera Roman Name: Juno Queen of gods and protector of women Associated with marriage; spent much time pursuing Zeus other women Jealous and vain; beautiful

Hermes Roman Name: Mercury Messenger of the gods Mischievous and a trouble-maker Protector of thieves Winged helmet and sandals Poseidon

Roman Name: Neptune God of the sea and earthquakes Giver of horses to mortals His weapon in the Triton (three- pronged fork) Controlled the waves

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