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A Guide to Greek Mythology for Beginners


2/23/20241 min read

Greek Mythology is the Marvel and DC to the literature nerds. It’s been the base for popular shows like the Percy Jackson saga as well as many, many more books and movies deeply loved by the public. It’s a hyperfixation, an interest, a passion, a subject, a hobby. But Greek Mythology, for amateurs and/or beginners, can also seem like a labyrinthine maze in which hidden chests and treasures are within. The beginning is always difficult to trespass and persevere through, but today I wish to save everybody who’s starting this multifarious interest the trouble and introduce them to the basics of Greek Mythology and its Gods and Goddesses.

Greek Gods and Goddesses reside on a mountain called Mount Olympus. It’s their abode as well as the site of the throne of Zeus, who’s regarded as the God of Gods. Mount Olympus is described as snow-peaked and dotted with the palaces of the Gods.

The names of the 12 main Olympian Gods are listed below.

Zeus: God of the Sky, Lightning and Thunder + King of Olympus

Hera: Goddess of Women and Marriage + Wife of Zeus

Poseidon: God of the Sea + Brother of Zeus

Ares: God of War + Son of Zeus and Hera

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty

Demeter: Goddess of Harvest and Agriculture

Athena: Goddess of War and Wisdom

Apollo: God of Sun, Music, Poetry, Art, etc + Son of Zeus

Artemis: Goddess of Hunting and Wild Animals + Daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo

Hephaestus: God of Fire + Song of Zeus and Hera, husband of Aphrodite

Hermes: Messenger God + Youngest Son of Zeus

Dionysus: God of Wine and Theatre +Son of Zeus