Poseidon

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Poseidon

God of the Sea, Earthquakes, Storms & Horses

So, Poseidon was the second son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. His siblings were Zeus (God of Sky & Thunder), Hades (God of the Dead & King of the Underworld), Demeter, Hestia and Hera (Goddess of Marriage & Monogamy). Zeus, Hades and Poseidon all drew lots to find which area they would rule, Poseidon drew the Sea. His power was second only to Zeus

Athens was important to all the gods and goddesses but Athena (Goddess of Wisdom & Strategic War) wanted to become the patron goddess and vied for that right. Each were allowed to give one gift to the city. Poseidon hit the ground with his trident and brought water from the sea. However, the water was salty and no one really liked it. Athena offered an olive tree which gave the city oil, food and wood. They chose her gift which infuriated Poseidon who created a flood. He could strike his trident on the ground and create earthquakes

Poseidon had male and female lovers. He fell in love with his sister, Demeter but she didn’t return that love and tried to distract him by asking him to make something for her. He obliged by creating the first horse. It took him awhile to do this and by the time he was done, his love had faded. His consort became Amphitrite, an ancient sea goddess and nymph, who bore him three children, the most famous being Triton (a merman). At one point he was very taken with the beautiful Medusa, who vowed virginity with Athena. Poseidon raped her on Athena’s temple floor. When Athena found out her temple had been desecrated she change Medusa into a monster with snakes for hair and a face that would turn a man to stone. Medusa was later beheaded by Perseus and the winged horse, Pegasus emerged from her neck as son of Poseidon. His children included Atlas from a human mortal named Cleito, eventually he would become the leader of Atlantis and Orion. He fathered cyclops, giants and nymphs.

FUN FACTS

Usually depicted as an older man with curly hair and beard. His demeanor and personality were combative and difficult. Often times he would fight for ownership of land or items.

Poseidon’s name means husband and he was also known as the fertile god. He had his own palace under the sea but spent most of his time on Olympus.

He was a bit sexist and loved to be the center

He was on the side of the Greeks but Zeus refused to let him help in the Trojan War

It was not Poseidon that created the seafarer crafts, Athena created the first boat.

His sacred animals were fish, dolphin, horse and bull

His symbol is the trident

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