Ancient Greek Gods & Godesses

By Raveena and Rachel

Zeus The Ruler of The Gods

Zeus was the king of the gods. He could control the weather. His symbols were the eagle, the oak tree and his most powerful weapon, the thunderbolt. The ancient Greeks believed that when lightning struck earth, it was a sign of Zeus being present. Zeus spent most of his years in Olympia. If you treated a guest or stranger badly you could outrage Zeus. The olympic games were held in honour of Zeus and were named after the place he, along with the other gods, resided in.

Hades The God of The Underworld

Hades was the lord of the underworld. He symbolized death and darkness. He presided over funeral rites and defended the right of the dead to due burial. Hades was also the god of the hidden wealth of the earth,the mined wealth of gold, silver and other metals. Hades is the brother of Zeus. He spent most of his life away from his biological family in Olympus and started a family in the underworld. His most prized possessions include his helmet which could make him invisible and Cerberus his own three headed dog. No formal festivals or celebrations were held in honour of Hades because people didn't want him to be around them as he was the god of death. Instead people just gave him few offerings every now and then to keep him away.

Poseidon the god of the sea

Athena the godess of wisdom & war

Aphrodite the goddess of love & Beauty

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