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The Olympian Greek Gods and Goddesses

The Olympian gods were the main gods of Ancient Greece. After overthrowing their ancestors, the Titans, the Olympian gods became the rulers of the World (Cosmos), representing the civilization of the world. The Olympian gods majestically and democratically dwelled on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, built by the Cyclopes. The leader of the Olympian gods was Zeus.

The gods were born and grew just like human beings, some of them even married, however they were unaging and death never came to them. They lived inside human-like bodies with an ethereal fluid called ichor running through the veins. They had passions and human weaknesses and were many times at fault, but were then obliged to take the full responsibility of their actions.

Greek myths always refer to the twelve Gods of Mount Olympus, but actually, in total there were more Olympian Gods in Greek Mythology. However, there were never more than twelve at one time. The four alternative gods were Hestia, Hades, Dionysus and Demeter, depending on the location.

ancient greek rituals[Read how the gods were worshipped in ancient Greece]

Greek Goddess Aphrodite


The sensual goddess of Love and Beauty

aphroditeGreek pronunciation of Aphrodite aphroditeEnglish pronunciation of Aphrodite Pictures of Aphrodite
Greek God Apollo


The youthful god of the Sun and the Music

ApolloGreek pronunciation of Apollo ApolloEnglish pronunciation of Apollo Pictures of Apollo
Greek God Ares


The fierce god of War

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Greek Goddess Artemis


The wild goddess of the Hunt

ArtemisGreek pronunciation of Artemis ArtemisEnglish pronunciation of Artemis Pictures of Artemis
Greek Goddess Athena


The sophisticated goddess of Wisdom and Arts

AthenaGreek pronunciation of Athena AthenaEnglish pronunciation of Athena Pictures of Athena
Greek Goddess Demeter


The natural goddess of the Harvest

DemeterGreek pronunciation of Demeter DemeterEnglish pronunciation of Demeter Pictures of Demeter
Greek God Dionysus


The joyful god of Wine

DionysusGreek pronunciation of Dionysus DionysusEnglish pronunciation of Dionysus Pictures of Dionysus
Greek God Hades


The gloomy god of the Underworld

HadesGreek pronunciation of Hades HadesEnglish pronunciation of Hades Pictures of Hades
Greek God Hephaestus


The ill-favored god of Metallurgy

HephaestusGreek pronunciation of Hephaestus HephaestusEnglish pronunciation of Hephaestus Pictures of Hera
Greek Goddess Hera


The mature goddess of the Family

HeraGreek pronunciation of Hera HeraEnglish pronunciation of Hera Pictures of Hera
Greek God hermes


The cunning god of the Trade

HermesGreek pronunciation of Hermes HermesEnglish pronunciation of Hermes Pictures of Hermes
Greek Goddess Hestia


The calm goddess of the Hearth

HestiaGreek pronunciation of Hestia HestiaEnglish pronunciation of Hestia Pictures of Hestia
Greek God Poseidon


The moody god of the Seas

PoseidonGreek pronunciation of Poseidon PoseidonEnglish pronunciation of Poseidon Pictures of Poseidon
Greek God Zeus


The superior King of the Gods and Ruler of Mankind

ZeusGreek pronunciation of Zeus ZeusEnglish pronunciation of Zeus Pictures of Zeus

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