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The Olympian Gods

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.

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Greek Goddess Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Love | Pleasure | Beauty
Greek God Apollo

Apollo

Sun | Music | Prophecy
Greek God Ares

Ares

War | Defence
Greek Goddess Artemis

Artemis

Hunt | Moon
Greek Goddess Athena

Athena

Wisdom | Arts | Skills
Greek Goddess Demeter

Demeter

Agriculture | Harvest
Greek God Dionysus

Dionysus

Wine | Joy
Greek God Hades

Hades

Underworld | Death
Greek God Hephaestus

Hephaestus

Fire | Metallurgy
Greek Goddess Hera

Hera

Family
Greek God Hermes

Hermes

Trade
Greek Goddess Hestia

Hestia

Hearth
Greek God Poseidon

Poseidon

Seas | Horses
Greek God Zeus

Zeus

Ruler of Mankind