Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Twelve Olympians

In Greek mythology, the Twelve great gods of the Greeks were known as the Olympians. Together they presided over every aspect of human life.



ZEUS was the King of the Gods, and the god of weather, fate, law and order.  
                                        
 
POSEIDON was the god of the sea, the sources of fresh water, horses and earthquakes.


HERA was the Queen of the gods, the goddess of the sky, women and marriage.


DEMETER was the great Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the daily sustenance of mankind.


ATHENA was the great Olympian goddess of war, defence, crafts and wise counsel.




APHRODITE was the great Olympian goddess of pleasure, joy, beauty, love and procreation.



APOLLO was the great Olympian god of prophecy, oracles, healing and disease, music, poetry, archery, and the protection of the young.

ARTEMIS was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wild animals, children and birth.

ARES was the great Olympian god of war, battlelust and manliness.
 


HEPHAESTUS was the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, building and the fine arts.

HERMES was the great Olympian god of herds, travel, trade, heraldry, language, athletics and thievery.

HESTIA was the goddess of hearth and home. As the goddess of the hearth-fire, Hestia also presided over the altar flame and the sacrificial feast. The central hearth of a state also belonged to her--the fire kept alight in the civic hall



According to some versions, Hestia grew tired of all the fighting and bickering among the gods. She was very happy to give her place to Dionysus. 

DIONYSUS was the great Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure and festivity.






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