Greek God of Sea, Horses, and Earthquakes


Poseidon is the Greek God of the sea, horses, and earthquakes ("Poseidon") . He has a very tempered personality and had many offspring. In Roman mythology, he is referred to as Neptune.
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Poseidon is the son of Rhea and Cronus. His siblings include Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Zeus (Sellers). Poseidon's father, Cronus would swallow his offspring after birth. Poseidon escaped the wrath of his father when Zeus saved him by giving Cronus a potion, causing him and his siblings to be vomited up. After that, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon overthrew Cronus and split the universe up among themselves. Zeus received the sky, Hades the underworld, and Poseidon the sea ("Poseidon") .

♥ Love Life ♥

Poseidon ended up marrying Amphitrite and had Triton, a merman (Sellers). Poseidon also pursued his sister, Demeter. Demeter was not interested and wanted to escape the grip of Poseidon so she transformed herself into a horse. To catch up with Demeter, Poseidon shifted into a stallion. She was then raped. Poseidon tried to seduce and/or rape many other creatures. Some of his most famous offspring include: Polyphemus, Pegasus, Charybdis, and Orion ("Poseidon").

Conflict With Athena

Poseidon and Athena had a dispute over who ruled the city of Athens. Poseidon gifted the Spring at the Acropolis and Athena gave the olive tree to the city of Athens. After Poseidon lost, he became enraged and flooded the Attica Plain ("Poseidon").

Conflict With Minos

Minos, the King of Crete told Poseidon to give him a bull to sacrifice. The bull was so pleasing that the king kept it for himself. Poseidon then made Mino's wife, Pasiphae fall in love with the bull. They later gave birth to the Minotaur ("Poseidon").

Poseidon's Role in the Odyysey

Athena requested Poseidon to release a deadly storm because she was made at Ajax for entering her private adobe (Nardo 63). This made the sea extremely rough and dangerous. After Odysseus and his men sailed for some time, the men came across and island inhabited by a Cyclops named Polyphemus. The giant killed a couple of his crew but eventually Odysseus outsmarted Polyphemus. The remaining crew sharped a wooden beam and then jabbed it into the eye of Polyphemus (Nardo 67).
Greek Gods: Poseidon

Works Citited

Greek Gods: Poseidon. By William Smith. Youtube. N.p., 18 Sept. 2013. Web. 9
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