Meet the Olympian Gods

The greeks believed in Gods who, they thought, had control over every part of people's lives.

The Greek gods were highly emotional and behaved inconsistently and sometimes immorally.

The gods constantly fought among themselves, behaved irrationally and unfairly, and were often jealous of each other.

The gods, the heroes, and humans of Greek mythology were flawed.

The Twelve Olympian Gods

In Greek mythology, twelve gods and goddesses ruled the universe from atop Grece's Mount Olympus.

I chose to portray the ancient gods of Greece on my website to spread the importance of Greek mythology, especially in understanding the culture of Greece and their way of life. Ultimately, studying Greek mythology gives us context into the world of Greece, their literature, and their beliefs.


Zues was the god of the sky and the King of Olympus and consequently the chief figure in Greek mythology. Zues was the most powerful of all the gods. His symbols include the oak and the thunderbolt.


Hera was the goddess of marriage and the Queen of Olympus. She is Zues's wife and sister; many myths tell of how she sought revenge when Zues betrayed her with his lovers. Her symbols include the peacock and the cow


Poseidon was the Olympian god of the sea, earthquakes, floods, drought, and horses. He was the most powerful god after his brother, Zues. He lived in a beautiful place under the sea and caused earthquakes when enraged. His major symbols include the horse and the trident.


Hades was the king of the underworld and the God of the dead. He presided over funeral rites and defended the right of the dead to due burial. Hades was also the god of the hidden wealth of the earth from the fertile soil to the mined wealth of gold, silver, and other metals. His major symbols include cornucopia, Cypress, Narcissus, and keys.


Aphrodite was the Olympian goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. She was depicted as a beautiful woman often accompanied by the winged godling, Eros. Her major symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans.


Apollo is the Olympian god of healing, medicine, archery, music, poetry, and the sun. He is the leader of the muses. He was depicted as a handsome, beardless youth with long hair. His major symbols include the lyre, python, raven, and the bow and arrows.


Ares was the Olympian god of war, battlelust, courage, and civil order. In ancient Greek art, he was depicted as either a mature, bearded warrior armed for battle, or a nude, beardless youth with a helm and spear.


Artemis is the Olympian goddess of hunting, the wilderness, and wild animals. Artemis the daughter of Zues and sister of Apollo, was regarded as a patron of girls and young women and a protectress during childbirth. In ancient art, Artemis was usually depicted as a young girl or a young maiden with a hunting bow and quiver of arrows.


Athena was the Olympian goddess of wisdom and good counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery, and various other crafts. She was depicted as a stately woman armed with a shield and spear, and wearing a long robe and crested helm. Athena was a fierce and ruthless warrior. Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes and aegis.


Hermes was the Olympian god of herds and flocks, travellers and hospitality, roads and trade, thievery and cunning, heralds and diplomacy, language and writing, athletic contests, gymnasiums, astrology, and astronomy. He was also the herald and messenger of Zues. He was also the patron of shepherds and invented the lyre.


Demeter was the Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain and bread, who sustained mankind with the Earth's rich bounty. She is mostly known as the Giver of Food and Grain, or "She of the Grain" for short (sito).


Dionysus is the Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness and wild frenzy. He is also known as Bacchus. Dionysus had the power to create ecstasy, and his cult had special importance for art and literature. His major symbols includes an ivy wreath, the thyrsus, and the kantharos, a large two handled goblet.