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Famous Greek Gods You Should Know About

Greek Mythology has captured our attention after numerous movies and books based on just that. Here's a list of some of the most famous Greek gods you should know about if you're interested in Greek mythology.

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Zeus

Zeus

Zeus, the first son of Cronus and Rhea is the sky and thunder god who rules over all the gods and lives at Mount Olympus. He is often depicted with a thunderbolt in his hand and is his symbol. He is married to Hera, queen of the gods.

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Poseidon

Poseidon

Poseidon, another son of Cronus and Rhea is the King of the sea. He is the god of sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses and is considered one of the most bad-tempered, moody and greedy Olympian gods. Poseidon is most notably the God of the sea and the protector of all waters; sailors relied upon him for safe passage.

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Hades

Hades

One of the three sons of Cronus and Rhea, Hades is the king of the underworld and the dead. His wife is Persephone who he kidnapped from the surface and made his wife.

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Hera

Hera

Daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister and wife of Zeus, Hera is the queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires. Although she is the goddess of marriage, Zeus's many infidelities drive her to jealousy and vengefulness.

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Depicted as an extraordinarily beautiful woman, Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, love, desire, and pleasure. She's married to Hephaestus but has many lovers most notably Ares, Adonis, and Anchises.

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Ares

Ares

God of war, bloodshed, and violence, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera. He generally represents the chaos of war in contrast to Athena, a goddess of military strategy and skill.

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Hephaestus

Hephaestus

God of fire, metalworking, and crafts. Either the son of Zeus and Hera or Hera alone, he is the smith of the gods and the husband of the adulterous Aphrodite.

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Apollo

Apollo

Son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis, Apollo is the god of music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague, prophecy, poetry, manly beauty, and archery.

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Athena

Athena

According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus's head, fully formed and armored. She is the goddess of intelligence, skill, peace, warfare, battle strategy, handicrafts, and wisdom.

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Hermes

Hermes

Hermes is the god of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language, and writing. The son of Zeus and Maia, Hermes is the messenger of the gods, and leads the souls of the dead into the afterlife.