About the Gods

The Greek Gods

Aphrodite
Goddess of love, lust, and beauty. Lover of Ares; in some stories, wife of Hephaistos. Born of seafoam.

Apollo
God of music, prophecy, healing and plagues. Protector of young boys. Associated with the sun. Daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis.

Ares
God of war, protector of soldiers. Son of Zeus and Hera.

Ariadne
A princess of Crete made immortal, bride of Dionysos.

Artemis
Goddess of hunting, wild beasts, and the wilderness. A maiden goddess. Protector of young girls. Associated with the moon. Daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo.

Asklepios
God of medicine and healing, patron of physicians. Son of Apollo and the nymph Koronis, a hero-god made immortal.

Athena
Goddess of war, wisdom and crafts. Daughter of Zeus and Metis, born from the head of her father.

Demeter
Goddess of agriculture, and of the Eleusian Mysteries. Daughter of Kronos and Rhea.

Dike
Goddess of justice. Daughter of Zeus and Themis.

Dionysos
God of wine, theater, and ecstasy. Son of Zeus and Semele.

Eileithuia
Goddess of childbirth. Daughter of Zeus and Hera.

Eos
Goddess of the dawn. Daughter of Hyperion, sister of Helios and Selene.

Epione
Goddess who relieves pain. Wife of Asklepios.

Eris
Goddess of discord.

Eros
God of love. In some stories, son of Aphrodite; in others, a primordial god who is much older.

Euthenia
Goddess of prosperity. Daughter of Hephaistos.

Fates (Moirae)
Goddesses of fate: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. Daughters of Zeus and Themis.

Furies (Erinyes)
Goddesses of vengeance: Tisiphone, Megaera, and Alecto. Born of the blood of Ouranos.

Gaia
Goddess of Earth. Mother of all, gods and men.

Hades
God of the underworld and of the treasures of the earth. Son of Kronos and Rhea.

Harmonia
Goddess of harmony and concord. Daughter of Aphrodite and Ares.

Hebe
Goddess of youth. Cupbearer of the gods. Daughter of Zeus and Hera, wife of Heracles.

Hekate
Goddess of witchcraft, protects from magic and ghosts. Goddess of the crossroads. Protector of women. Daughter of Perses and Asteria.

Helios
God of the sun. Son of Hyperion, brother of Eos and Selene.

Hephaistos
God of smiths and other artisans, god of fire and volcanoes. Son of Zeus and Hera–or in some stories, Hera alone. Husband of Aglaia or of Aphrodite, again depending on the tale.

Hera
Goddess of the heavens, goddess of marriage. Daughter of Kronos and Rhea, wife of Zeus, queen of Olympos.

Heracles
Protector of mankind. Son of Zeus, born mortal and made a god.

Hermes
God of communication, trade, travel, and herdsmen. Son of Zeus and the nymph Maia.

Hestia
Goddess of the hearth and the home. Daughter of Kronos and Rhea.

Hygeia
Goddess of health. Daughter of Asklepios.

Hypnos
God of sleep. Son of Nyx.

Iris
Goddess of the rainbow, messenger of the gods.

Morpheus
God of prophetic dreams. Son of Nyx.

Muses
Goddesses of inspiration. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne.
Calliope – Muse of epic poetry.
Clio – Muse of history.
Erato – Muse of love poetry.
Euterpe – Muse of lyric poetry.
Melpomene – Muse of tragedy.
Polyhymnia – Muse of hymns.
Terpsichore – Muse of dance.
Thalia – Muse of comedy.
Urania – Muse of astronomy.

Nemesis
Goddess of retribution. Daughter of Nyx.

Nike
Goddess of victory.

Nymphs
Spirits of nature.

Pan
God of the wild, god of shepherds.

Persephone
Goddess of spring. Queen of the underworld. Daughter of Zeus and Demeter, wife of Hades.

Poseidon
God of the sea. Son of Kronos and Rhea.

Selene
Goddess of the moon. Daughter of Hyperion, sister of Eos and Helios.

Semele
Goddess of inspired madness. Mother of Dionysos, born mortal, became the goddess Thyone.

Tyche
Goddess of luck. Daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.

Zeus
King of the gods. God of storms, oaths, and order. Son of Kronos and Rhea.

Winds
Gods of the winds of the four directions.
Boreas – God of the North Wind, god of winter.
Euros – God of the East Wind, god of autumn.
Notos – God of the South Wind, god of summer’s heat.
Zephyros – God of the West Wind, god of the planting season.

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