12 Olympian Greek Gods
By: Brianna Flood
12 Olympian Gods
Many stories about how the Greek gods behaved and interacted with humans are found in the works of Homer. He created two epic poems: the Iliad, which related the events of the Trojan War, and the Odyssey, which detailed the travels of the hero Odysseus. These two poems were passed down orally over many generations. The altar to the Twelve Olympians at Athens is dated to the archonship of the younger Pesistratos, in 522/521 BC.
Zeus: the king of all the gods (and father to many) and god of weather, law and fate
Poseidon: The Sea, trident, horse, dolphin
Poseidon is the brother of Zeus. After the overthow of their Father Cronus he drew lots with Zeus and Hades, another brother, for shares of the world. His prize was to become lord of the sea. He was widely worshiped by seamen. He married Amphitrite, a granddaughter of the Titon Oceanus. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth, and shatter any object. He is second only to Zeus in power amongst the gods. He has a difficult quarrelsome personality. He was greedy. He had a series of disputes with other gods when he tried to take over their cities.