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The MAJOR Gods and Goddesses of Greek Myth:

ZEUS: Lord of the Skies, Ruler of the Gods. Zeus can control wind and electricity. Has two brothers: Poseidon and Hades. Olympian God

POSEIDON: God of the Seas and Earthquakes, the Earthshaker. Poseidon commands all the Earth's oceans, anything living in the ocean, horses, and can cause earthquakes. Worked with Athena to develop the chariot. Lost the contest to Athena for sponsorship of Athens. Is the reason for Medusa's looks. Created Hippocampi and horses from waves breaking on the seashore. Olympian God

HERA: Goddess of Marriage, Zeus's wife. Her symbol is the peacock, and she is the goddess of marriage and is jealous of all Lord Zeus's affairs with mortal women. Olympian Goddess

HADES: Lord of the Underworld, Lord of the Dead. He rules in his palace in the Underworld, and only visits on the winter solstice, on the longest night of the year. He controls things like zombies, harpies, Furies, and hellhounds. He tricked his wife, Persephone into staying with him for 7 months of the year, which is why we have winter.

ATHENA: Goddess of Wisdom, Goddess of Battle Strategies, Goddess of Weaving. She was born out of Zeus's thoughts. She vowed to be a virgin for life, although her children are born out of her head, just like she was, so she's technically still a virgin. Caused Arachne to turn into a spider, so her children are naturally afraid of spiders. Her symbol is the owl. She won over Athens with the creation of the olive tree. Turned Medusa ugly for having an affair with Poseidon in her temple. Olympian Goddess

APOLLO: God of the Sun, Music, Medicine, Archery, and Prophecy. He drives the sun across the sky in his chariot, after the Sun Titan, Helios, faded. His children have great musical, medical, and archery skills. His twin sister Artemis, and himself were born on the island of Delos. He created the Oracle at Delphi, and holds the Arrow of Death. I think you can figure out what it does. Olympian God

ARTEMIS: Goddess of the Hunt, Goddess of the Moon. Artemis took her Moon position after the Moon Titan, Selena, faded. She vowed to be a virgin, too, and has a long history of men chasing her and losing. She founded the Hunters of Artemis. She searches the world for game to catch, sing her bow and arrows. Olympian Goddess

HERMES: God of Travelers, Thieves, Wanderers, Tricksters, and Messengers. He is the Messenger of the Gods and brings messengers around the world. His children are tricksters but loyal. His staff, the caduceus, is the symbol of medicine and doctors. Olympian God

APHRODITE: Goddess of Love. Aphrodite is said to be the most beautiful goddess. She has power over love, and is Hephaestus's wife. She constantly tries to get away from him. Her children are the stuff of movie stars and models, though they don't like to fight. Olympian Goddess

ARES: God of War and Bloodlust. Ares has the edge in any battle. He can use any weapon to his liking. His children are typified as strong, unwavering in battle, and sometimes jerks. He founded the city of Thebes. Olympian God

HEPHAESTUS: God of the Forge. He is Aphrodite's husband, and can make anything out of metal. He is crippled and somewhat ugly, so Aphrodite constantly tries to escape him. His children are metalworkers and smiths, handy with tools of all kinds. Olympian God

DIONYSUS: God of Wine, Vines, Theater, and Fertility. He was originally a mortal, but Zeus granted him immortality. Olympian God (Hestia gave up her throne for Dionysus)

DEMETER: Goddess of the Earth, Grain, Fertility of the Field, and the Harvest. She is Persephone's mother, and her children have a special affiliation with plants. Olympian Goddess

PERSEPHONE: Goddess of Springtime. Persephone was captured by Hades and tricked into eating seven seeds from a pomegranate, which ensured that for seven months of the year, she would be forced to stay in the Underworld. She is Hades's wife, and is often portrayed as a force of wisdom in the Underworld, and tempers her husband's harshness. She, like Hades, does not have a throne on Mount Olympus.

HESTIA: Goddess of Hearth and Home, and the Hearth Fire. She does not have a seat on Mount Olympus, because she gave it up for Dionysus. She tends the hearth and is caring. She vowed to be a virgin.

Roman names for the Twelve Olympian Gods:


The MINOR gods and goddesses of Greek Myth:

ALEXIARES and ANICETUS: Gods of youth and sports. They are the sons of Heracles and Hebe, and along with their father, the guardians of Mount Olympus. Their names mean "he who wards off war" and "the unconquerable" respectively. They were worshipped the most in Thebes and Rhodes, their powers were said to be youth and sports. Little is known about them besides a mention of their birth in the Bibliotheca: [Herakles] achieved immortality, and when Hera’s enmity changed to friendship, he married her daughter Hebe, who bore him sons Alexiares and Anicetos.

HECATE: Goddess of Witchcraft, Doorways, and Crossways. She had many followers, and also brought about cults. She was one of the oldest goddesses in the mythical world.

IRIS: Goddess of the rainbow. She sends messages through her rainbows, if you ask nicely, and throw in a drachma, from the gods to mortals, and back again. She is the link between Olympus and the human world.

MORPHEUS: God of Sleep, Dreams; The Dreambringer. He is often prayed to for dreamless sleep or easy sleep. Morpheus resides in the Land of Dreams, somewhere in the Underworld.

EREBOS (or Erebus) was the Protogenos (primeval god) of darkness, consort of Nyx (Night), whose dark mists enveloped the edges of the world, and filled the deep hollows of the earth. His wife Nyx drew these mists across the heavens to bring night to the world, while his daughter Hemera scattered them bringing day : one blocking out the light of Aither (shining, blue heaven) and the other revealing it. The bright upper air (aither) was regarded as the source of day in the ancient cosmogonies rather than the sun.
The name Erebos was also used for the dismal, netherworld realm of Haides.

EURUS God of the East Wind. Nothing to do with the Euro.
He's one of the fours sons of EOS and ASTRAEUS, and brings mostly rain and drizzle. Not very popular.

NIKE: Goddess of Victory. Yes, she is a girl, contrary to popular belief. She is swift-footed and strong.

NEMESIS: Goddess of Retribution and Fate. She keeps balance in the world, making sure no one has too much of a good or bad thing. She is the force of balance and justice.

NYX: Goddess of night, shadows, ravens, darkness, and creation. She's the daughter of Chaos and the mother of gods/goddesses such as Hypnos and Nemesis

PHOBOS and DEIMOS: Phobos is the minor god of panic and fear, Deimos of terror and dread. They often accompany Ares into battle.

HEBE: minor Goddess of Youth. Helps gods, was the cupbearer for ambrosia and nectar to the gods until she married Heracles (you might know him as Hercules, his Roman equivalent)

THE MUSES: the nine goddesses/spirits of literature and the arts. Often portrayed singing or reciting poetry.

Calliope: Epic poetry
Clio: History
Erato: Lyric poetry
Polyhymnia:Choral poetry
Thalia: Comedy
Urania: Astronomy

ERIS: Goddess of Discord. Not sure if she's minor or not.

HARMONIA: Goddess of Harmony, opposite of Eris.

NYMPHS (Naiads, etc.): Minor deities associated with a particular landform, body of water, or plant. They are not goddesses, exactly, but rather embodiments of nature, spawned from Gaia herself.

The TITANS of Greek Myth:

KRONOS/CRONUS: Lord of Time, Kronos killed (or castrated, in some stories) his father, Uranos, and became the ruler of the world, for a time. He is the father of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Hades. His wife/sister, Rhea, was upset when he started eating his children, fed him a rock instead of baby Zeus, and sent Zeus to kill his father when he had grown. Kronos was imprisoned into the pit of Tartarus.

RHEA: Mother of Zeus, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, she was essential in the overthrowing of Kronos. She rules the skies with a just Kronos for a time, before Kronos grew greedy for power.

HELIOS: the Titan Lord of the Sun, Helios gave Apollo his Sun Chariot. He also owned a herd of Sun cattle, of which he was very proud.

SELENE: Helios's sister, she was the Titan of the Moon, drawing it over the eastern horizon after her brother sent the Sun over the western horizon. She gave up her role to Artemis after the Titans fell.

EOS: Titan of the Dawn, and Selene and Helios's sister.

ATLAS: Titan who, after the wars and Zeus was made Lord of the Skies, was made to bear the heavens on his back, as punishment for siding with Kronos.

PROMETHEUS: Brother of Atlas, he was the Titan who stole the Heavenly Fire from the Gods and gave it to mankind. Some say it was the gift of actual fire, and some say it was the fire of knowledge, exploration, and philosophy. He was bound to a rock and had eagles eat his liver all day, while it re-grew at night.

OCEANUS: Titan of the world's oceans. He controlled the seas before Poseidon.

COEUS: He is the Titan embodiment of the Earth's imaginary axis, on which it spins. A son of Gaea and Uranus.

IAPETUS/JAPETOS: Son of Gaea, he is the Titan of Mortal Life.

THEIA: Titan of Brightness. Daughter of Gaea.

A list of the Twelve Titans, ruled by Kronos, and replaced by the Twelve Olympian Gods. I haven't given them all a profile, because most of them don't really pertain to Camp Half-Blood goings-on:

Oceanus and Tethys,
Hyperion and Theia,
Coeus and Phoebe,
Cronus and Rhea,
Mnemosyne, Themis,
Crius, Iapetus

Those who came BEFORE the Titans in Greek Myth:

URANUS/OURANOS: The embodiment night sky, he was the father of Oceanus, Kronos, and Rhea. He cast his and Gaea's other, earlier children- the Cyclopes, Hundred-Handeed Ones, and the Hecatonchires- into a dark pit. Gaea was angry, and so helped Kronos defeat Uranus.

GAEA/GAIA: Mother Earth, she is the mother of Kronos, Oceanus, and Rhea, also the Cyclopes, the Hundred-Handeed Ones, and Hecatonchires. See above for history.

OUREA: Mother of the Hills, she is the 'equal' to Gaea and Uranus. She does not play much of a role in many stories that pertain to Camp Half-Blood, though.

PONTUS/PONTOS: He was the embodiment of the sea, and another 'equal.' He is most often mentioned to show how the seas formed, and, like Ourea, does not feature in many myths pertaining to Camp Half-Blood.

message 4: by Elisar (new)

Elisar (ehlihr) That’s awesome!

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

thanks :)

message 6: by Elisar (new)

Elisar (ehlihr) No problem :D

message 7: by regan (new)

regan Ooo! This is very nice and helpful! It's really quick!

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Nice. But there's one you've missed out; Khione, goddess of snow and daughter of Boreas.

message 9: by Eris (new)

Eris Conners | 4 comments Eris is a minor goddess. SHE IS FRIGGIN AWESOME

message 10: by Eris (new)

Eris Conners | 4 comments i have the same name as a goddess... COOL!!!

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