Poseidon: The Myths and the Facts

By Elliott Thomas

The Facts:

  • Poseidon was the god of the sea.
  • Poseidon was worshipped as a fertility god.
  • His name is Greek for “husband.”
  • He wielded the trident or three-pronged spear.
  • Poseidon had his own under-sea palace.
  • He was a player.
  • His primary means of transportation was a chariot pulled by horses.
  • His grudge against Odysseus is one theme in the Odyssey.
  • Poseidon was the husband of Amphitrite.

Poseidon's Relatives

The Myths:

  1. A sea monster was sent by Poseidon to attack the the land of Aithiopia. To please the sea-gods, a girl was chained to the rocks as an offering for the monster. Perseus was flying back to Greece with the head of Medousa. He spied the girl, flew down, killed the monster and carried her off to be his bride. Some say the hero turned the monster to stone, a rock which tourists were shown near the town of Joppa.
  2. Poseidon fought in The War of the Titanes beside Zeus and Hades to imprison the old gods in the earth .
  3. The fighting of Polybotes who was a Gigante who fought Poseidon in their war against the gods. He was chased by Poseidon across the sea and crushed by the rock Nyros.
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Greek Mythology : POSEIDON

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