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Published on January 11, 2008

Author: Dante


All In The Family:  All In The Family Greek Mythology Principal Gods :  Principal Gods Zeus, Demeter, Hera, Hestia,Poseidon, and Hades Six Olympians:  Six Olympians Parents: Titans Kronos and Rheia Names: Zeus, Ares, Hera, Poseidon Hestia, Demeter and Hades. They are known as the principal gods and as the six original Olympians. Slide4: Family Tree Zeus/ Jupiter:  Zeus/ Jupiter King of the Gods His domain included mountain tops and clouds. He was one of the original six Olympians. He married his elder sister, the eternally beautiful Hera. She was jealous and vengeful of her husbands affections and his many love affairs with goddesses and mortals gave her endless worry and caused much divine wrath to be visited on the mortals. Poseidon/Neptune:  Poseidon/Neptune God of the Sea His mission is to give voice to the earth. Poseidon was commonly called the earth shaker and the earth encircler in The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer. He pounds and shakes the earth and sea with his wrath and pleasure and answers to no one, except Zeus. Hera/Juno:  Hera/Juno Goddess of Beauty? The Most Beautiful Goddess Hera is the beautiful and powerful wife of Zeus.She is the most beautiful of the immortals, even more beautiful than Aphrodite. Her beauty is renewed each spring as she magically washes away the ware and worry of her immortal lifestyle. Her name appears in many stories and she is often regarded as petty and unforgiving. Demeter/Ceres:  Demeter/Ceres Goddess of the Harvest Demeter is the fair haired earth goddess who blesses all phases of the harvest. She walks the furrowed fields dressed in green and displays her moods with feast and famine. Hades/Pluto:  Hades/Pluto King of the Underworld He and his brothers divided creation into thirds and each took a portion for their own. Hades chose, as his dominion, The Underworld. When mortals kneel before the cold hearted Hades, he metes out somber justice and no one, once there, can ever leave his domain (except,of course certain Heroes). Hestia:  Hestia The Goddess of Home and Hearth Hestia is the eldest sister of Zeus but she chose to spend her time, not on Olympus, but on earth with the mortals. She has never wed but she protects orphans and missing children. She is the goddess of humble domestic joy. She is also one of only three who are immune to the spells of Aphrodite, the other two are Athene and Artemis. Lesser Gods:  Lesser Gods Aphrodite/Venus:  Aphrodite/Venus The Goddess of Love Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty. From the aphros ("sea foam") arose Aphrodite, and the sea carried her to either Cyprus or Cythera. Hence she is often referred to as Kypris and Cytherea. Homer calls her a daughter of Zeus and Dione. Apollo:  Apollo The god of the sun The son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis. Apollo was the god of music (principally the lyre, and he directed the choir of the Muses) and also of prophecy, colonization, medicine, archery (but not for war or hunting), poetry, dance, intellectual inquiry and the protector of herds and flocks. Dionysus/Bacchus:  Dionysus/Bacchus God of wine, fertility and music Dionysus, also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus. Dionysus was the god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature, who is also the patron god ofthe Greek stage. According to one myth, Dionysus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman, Semele (daughter of Cadmus of Thebes.) Athena/Minerva:  Athena/Minerva Goddess of wisdom and war Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill. She was the favorite child of Zeus. She had sprung fully grown out of her father's head. Her mother was Metis, goddess of wisdom and Zeus' first wife. In fear that Metis would bear a son mightier than himself. Artemis/Diana:  Artemis/Diana Goddess of the moon and hunting The daughter of Leto and Zeus, and twin sister of Apollo. Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility (she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth mainly in cities). She was often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and was sometimes identified with Selene (goddess of the moon). Artemis was one of the Olympians and a virgin goddess Persephone/Proserpine:  Persephone/Proserpine The Wife of Hades The beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone is the focus of the story resulting in the division of the seasons, giving us the sweetness of Spring and the bitterness of Winter. Hades did not woo the beautiful Persephone, he abducted her and took her to his underground kingdom.

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