Poseidon

God of the Sea, horses, and earthquakes

Basic info

Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. His weapon is his trident. In art he is associated with his trident, dolphins, fish, and mermen. He was known to have a temperamental personality and that is why he caused so many earthquakes and shipwrecks. In Roman mythology he is known as Neptune.(Encyclopedia Britannica)

Family

Poseidon was the son of the titan Cronus and the goddess Rhea. Poseidon was the brother of Hades the god of the underworld and Zeus the god of the sky and head of the Olympians. He is married to Amphitrite. He also had a sister, Demeter, who he made a horse with. (World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras)

Women and their offspring

Along with his sister he raped many women including Aethra, Caeneu, and Amymone. He has countless offspring which include the following: Eumolpus, the Giant Sinis, Polyphemus, Orion, King Amycus, Proteus, Agenor, Agenor and Belus from Europa, Pelias, and the King of egypt busiris, Arion.(Encyclopedia Mythica)

Stories of Poseidon

Poseidon did not like Odysseus because in his journey through the land of the Cyclopes he blinded his son , Cyclops Polyphemos. So he messed up his means of transportation twice. He fought with the goddess of wisdom, Athena, for the city of Athens; he lost. (The Dictionary of Classical Mythology)

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Work Cited

Gromal, Pierre. The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. New York: Blackwell,

1986. Print.


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