Poseidon

Dillon Garcia

Poseidon's Origin

Poseidon was the son of Cronus and Rhea (Britannica School). He was the brother of many other gods including Zeus, the god of the sky, and Hades, god of the underworld (Britannica School). Poseidon was married to Amphitrite, goddess of the sea (Britannica School). Poseidon had many children with his wife, but also many children with mortals. Hes children include Pelias, Neleus, Tyro, Orion, Antaeus, Polyhemus, Theseus, And Aegeus (Britannica School/ Mythweb).

The Name Poseidon

As a Greek god he was named Poseidon, but the Romans gave him the name Neptune as being the sea god (Britannica School). The name poseidon means either "husband of the earth" or "lord of the earth" (Britannica School). His name seemed to be connected with potos, pontos, and potamos, according to which he is the god of the fluid element (Atsma, Aaron J.).

Poseidon God of the Sea

Poseidon and his Legend

Poseidon was depicted as a mature man of sturdy build with a dark beard, and holding a trident (Atsma, Aaron J.). Poseidon may be easily recognized by his attributes, the trident, the dolphin, and the horse (Atsma, Aaron J.). Poseidon was known to have a difficult personality (Edweb). He was very greedy (Edweb).Poseidon, like all his siblings except for Zeus, were swallowed by their father, Cronus, and thanks to Zeus, they were later thrown up unharmed (Daly, 120). Poseidon was known for being Greedy. Poseidon argued with Athene over who could own a piece of land so they presented what they could do for the land (Daly, 120). Poseidon created a spring with saltwater, which could not be used and was seen as pointless (Daly,120). Athene planted the first olive tree which came with fruit, oil, and wood (Daly, 120). This was seen more useful there by earning Athene the right to keep the land (Daly, 120.).

Original Symbol

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Symbols of the God

God of the Sea

Poseidon is the god of the sea (and of water generally), earthquakes, and horses (Britannica School). Although Poseidon is best known as being the sea god, in ancient times among migrating people he had been a god of fertility and of herdsmen (Daly, 120). Poseidon was one of the supreme gods of Mount Olympus, but spent most of his time in his watery domain (Mythweb). Poseidon's palace was in the depth of the sea near Aegae in Euboea (Atsma, Aaron J.).

Power of the God

Poseidon had power of the water of the world. Also, as a god of horses, Poseidon often adopted the shape of a steed (Mythweb). Poseidon sometimes granted this shape-shifting power to others (Mythweb).

Works Cited

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