Olympian Gods

The Olympian GodsThere were Twelve Great Gods of the Greeks who, most often, were referred to The Olympians. Together, they controlled every aspect of human life. At times, depending on the source of the information, The goddess Hestia was included as the thirteenth Great Olympian God.

Additionally, there were a number of other gods also referred to as Olympian. Most of these reflected a particular function whose appointed official(s) was dependent upon one of the Twelve. For example, the Horae relied upon Zeus, the Muses subordinate to Apollo, Eileithyia and Hebe servile to Hera, with the Erotes tied to Aphrodite.

The Twelve Great Olympian Gods were:

  • Aphrodite
  • Apollo
  • Ares
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Demeter
  • Dionysus
  • Hephaestus
  • Hera
  • Hermes
  • Poseidon
  • Zeus 

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“Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.” 
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