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Olympian Gods

Zeus- was the god of the sky and was incharge of the other Olympians who ruled all of the other parts of the universe.  He dethroned his father, Cronos, and became ruler.  Zeus and his brothers Hades and Poseidon drew the areas they were going to rule out of a hat.  Hades was assigned to be the god of the underworld, Poseidon was assigned the to be the god of the sea, and Zeus was assigned to be the lord of the sky, and the rain god.  His weapon was a lightning bolt, which he would throw at anyone who would displease him.  Zeus was married to Hara.  He was also very popular for having affairs with many other women, as well as the one he was married to.  Zeus was also known to punish those who lied or broke oaths or vowes.  Zeus is represented as the god of mercy, he protected those who were weak, and punished the wicked.

Poseidon- was the god of the sea, and protected all waters.  Poseidon was the brother of Zeus.  After Zeus overthrew his father, Cronos.  Then, after that, the Olympian brothers drew areas that they were going to rule out of a hat.  Poseidon was assigned the sea and all waters.  Poseidon was worshiped by many sailors accros the world.  He married Amphitrite, a grand daughter of the Oceanus.  Poseidon's weapon is the trident, which can shake the earth tremendously and shatter anything.  He had an odd personality, and was a very greedy person.  He had many arguements with other gods when he tried to take away their cities.

Hades- was the god of the underworld.  He was incharge of taking care of the dead spirits.  Like his brothers had done, he was assigned the underworld by drawing the area out of a hat.  Hades was a very greedy god, and was concerned about increasing his subjects.  Hades was also the god of wealth, because of the minerals and rocks he mined from the earth.  He also has a helmet that makes him invisible, as well as a special charm he uses to get others to like him.  Hades rarely leaves the underworld.  His wife is Persephone, who was abducted.  Hades is the god of the underworld, but not the king of the dead.

Hestia- was Zeus's sister.  She was a goddess.  She had no distinct personality, and played no part in myths.  Hestia is the goddess of Hearth, and is the symbol of the house around which a new born child is carried before it is received into the family.  Each city had a public Hearth, scared to Hestia, where the fire was never aloud to go out.  Out of all of the Olympians, Hestia was the most mild-mannered charitable and upright god.

Hera- was Zeus's wife and sister.  She was raised by the Titans, Ocean and Tethys.  Hera's marriage was founded in strife with Zeus and continued in strife. Zeus courted her unsuccesfully. He then turned to trickery, changing himself into disheveled cuckoo. Hera feeling sorry for the bird held it to her breast to warm it. Zues then resumed his normal form and taking advantage of the suprise he gained. She then married him to cover her shame  (He wasn't the nicest person to her.  That's all I will say).  Most stories concerning Hera have to do with her jealous revenge for Zeus's infidelities. Her sacred animals are the cow and the peacock Her favorite city is Argos. 

Aris- was the son of Zeus and Hera.  He was disliked by both parents, and was the god of war.  He was considered a merderer, and was bloodstained, but was also a coward.  Aris bird is he volture and his animal was the dog.

Athena- was the goddess of reason, intellecence, and literature.  Athena was also the daughter of Zeus.  She sprang full grown in aurmor from his forehead, and had no mother.  Athena is fierce and brave in battle.  She is the goddess of city, hand crafts, and agriculture.  She invented bridle, which let men be able to domesticate horses, the trumpet, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the cherriot.  Athena was Zeus's favorite child and was allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt.  Her favorite city is Athens.  Her tree is the olive.  The owl is her bird. 

Apollo- was the son of Zeus and Leto.  His twin brother is Artemis.  He is the god of music, the arture, and the god of healing, who taught man medicine.  He is the god of light, and the god of truth, who can not tell a lie.  One of Apollo's more importaint daily tasks is to harness his chariot with four horses an drive the Sun across the sky.  He is famous for his oracle at Delphi.  People travled to it from all over the greek world to devine the future.  Apollo's tree was the laurel. The crow his bird. The dolphin his animal.

Aphrodite- was the goddess of love, desire and beauty.  In addition to her magical gifts, she has a magical girdle that compells anyone she wishes to desire her.  Aphrodite is the goddess of Zeus and Dione.  She is the wife of Haphaestus.  The myrtle is her tree.  The dove, the swann, and the sparrow were her birds.

Hermes- was the cleverest of the Olympian gods, and messenger to all of the other gods.  Hermes is the son of Zeus and Maia.  He is Zeus's messenger, and is the fastest of the gods.  He wears winged sandals, a winged hat, and carries a magic wand.  He is the god of thieves and god of commerce. He is the guide for the dead to go to the underworld. He invented the lyre, the pipes, the musical scale, astronomy , weights and measures, boxing, gymnastics, and the care of olive trees.

Artemis- was the goddess of chastity, hunt, the moon, and natural invironment.  Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Her twin brother is Apollo. She is the lady of the wild things. She is the huntsman of the gods. She is the protector of the young. Like Apollo she hunts with silver arrows. She became associated with the moon. She also presides over childbirth.  She became associated with Hecate. The cypress is her tree. All wild animals are scared to her, especially the deer.

Hephaestus- Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god to be physically ugly. He is also lame. Accounts as to how he became lame vary. Some say that Hera, upset by having an ugly child, flung him from Mount Olympus into the sea, breaking  his legs. Others that he took Hera's side in an arguement with Zeus and Zeus flung him off Mount Olympus. He is the god of fire and the forge. He is the smith and armorer of the gods. He uses a volcano as his forge. He is the patron god of both smiths and weavers. He is kind and peace loving. His wife is Aphrodite. Sometimes his wife is identified as Aglaia.