The Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology were as diverse as humans.
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The people of Ancient Greece, though living in different polises scattered over a large area, were connected by their common origins and language as well as by their religion. Their mythology was rich in strange and magical creatures, but the most important characters were certainly their gods. The gods of the Hellenistic age played a leading role. They were the "Olympians," as it was on Mount Olympus where these twelve immortals held their feasts.
The supreme god of the Greek Pantheon was Zeus, son of the Titans Chronos and Rhea. Zeus was the god of the sky, storms and lightning. He was the father of numerous gods and demi-gods. He married his sister, Hera, the "cow-eyed" one, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth.
Zeus and his brothers divided the world among themselves; Poseidon became god of of the seas, while Hades became god of the underworld.
There was a pair of twins among the Greek gods: Apollo was the god of poetry and prophecy, and his sister, Artemis, was the goddess of hunting and wild animals.
Hermes, the messenger of the gods and the god of merchants and thieves was also Zeus´s son.
Zeus' sister, Hestia, the goddess of the family hearth, was the most polite and modest of the gods.
Ares, son of Zeus and Hera, was quite different as he was the god of war.
Pallas Athena, who leapt out of Zeus' head, was the patron of Athens, but she is mainly known as the goddess of knowledge and wisdom.
Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love, emerged from the sea.
Hera's son, Hephaestos, was the god of fire and the blacksmith to the gods.
The religion of Ancient Greece was polytheistic; the Greeks imagined their gods to look similar to humans and to possess similar attributes - these were anthropomorphic gods. They were, however, immortal.
The world's most famous citadel, the Acropolis of Athens was built in the 5th century B.C., during the Age of Pericles.
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The masterpieces of ancient Greek potters are important archeological artifacts.
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An ancient Greek myth about the tragedy of father and son who wanted to flee the island of Crete.
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The animation shows five outstanding works in the history of sculpture.
The city with advanced culture was the first settlement in history to have a citadel.
According to the Bible Noah was ordered by God to build a large vessel to save his family and the animals from the flood
The Olympic Games, held in the town every 4th year after 776 B.C. made it one of the centers of ancient Greece.
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The Doric, Ionic and Corinthian order of columns are different in size and ornamentation as well.
A beehive tomb on the site of the ancient city of Mycenae, attributed to the legendary king.
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Ancient Greek heavy infantryman.