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Archaeological Sites of Greece » Mount Olympus, the Kingdom of the Olympian gods

Mount Olympus, Greece

Mount Olympus, a divine place to be!

Mount Olympus was the lightest and most worshipped mountain of Greece. A magnificent place with numerous forests and gorges and summits of different heights, blessed with mild climate, and surrounded by Uranus, the heaven. It never rained on Mount Olympus nor was it ever windy, only some clouds were appearing from time to time to isolate the god's kingdom from the outside world and bless the world with water.

The Life of the Gods on Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus was the divine kingdom of the Olympian gods and every Olympian had his own palace, which was mostly used as a dormitory. The gods were living their lives with a similar rhythm to the mortals, obeying to rules, abiding to customs and gathering from time to time in the main palace, the palace of Zeus, for small conferences.
The Olympian Gods used to socialize during dining time, where they were taking decisions on the fate of the world and the mortals while eating ambrosia and drinking nectar. The Olympians had a whole staff at their service, like doctors, servants, preachers and doorkeepers, the Horae, who had the mission to open and close the gates of Mount Olympus to the outside world. However, should a god break an oath, he would be cursed to live nine years away from Mount Olympus and not be able to take part in any of the gods' gatherings. [2]

The History of Mount Olympus

It was in the summits of Mount Olympus where the Olympian Gods once overthrew the Titans during the legendary Battle of the Titans("Titanomachy") and then placed their divine kingdom there.

Facts on Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain of Greece and the second highest in the Balcans. It is raised close to the village of Litochoro in Northern Thessaly, in the borders of the prefectures of Pieria and Larissa. Its tallest point is called "Mytika" or "Pantheon" (2.917 m.)


Sources

  • 1: Homer's Iliad
  • 2: Hesiod, Theogony,802-804