Our deep fascination with the great gods of Olympus has been instilled within humanity since time immemorial; tales of their great adventures and misadventures, wars, and their unearthly beauty has haunted man for centuries. Be it watching Disney remakes, to reading the masterpiece of Homer, we’ve gotten our taste of Greek gods and can’t seem to get enough. To satisfy your cravings even just a little, here ae 10 awesome facts about Greek gods:
Fact 1: Medusa is the only mortal among the three sisters, and all which are Gorgons. Her sisters, Stheno and Euryale, were immortal Gorgons who donned the same horrid appearance as Medusa. They were the daughters of a sea god Phorcys, and his sister, Ceto, who both served as guardians to the underworld. Aside from having snakes for hair, the Gorgons were also believed to have powerful brass hands, scales, as well as beards. Today, we only remember Medusa and her fate with Perseus because she’s the only Gorgon that Homer speaks of in his works.
Fact 2: Zeus often resorted to taking the form of an animal in order to fulfill his sexual desires, and pursuing his women. He went after both Demeter and her daughter Persephone as a serpent, Asteria and Aiginia as an eagle, Boetis as a goat, Europa as a bull, Eurymedousa as an ant, Phthia as a dove, and Leda as a swan. One of the oddest form he took was during the seduction of Danae, when he turned himself into a rain of gold that impregnated her with the hero Perseus. Lastly, Zeus also resorted to taking advantage of women, letting them think he was their husband. He did this with Alkmene, mother of Hercules.
Fact 3: Dionysus was the god of wine, celebrations, chaos, drunkenness as well as ecstasy. He was the only god to have a mother who was a mortal. After Hera had Semele killed, she tried to go after Dionysus. Wanting to protect his son, Zeus carried Dionysus in his thigh until he grew fully grown. Simply put, he birthed him right out of his thigh. He is the last god to ever enter Mount Olympus.
Fact 4: Hades was the god of the Underworld, elder brother to Zeus and Poseidon. Hades claims the souls that inhabit his domain and rarely lets anyone who has entered the Underworld to leave ever again.
Fact 5: Athena was the goddess of wisdom, defense, strategic warfare, as well as handicrafts. She is brave, practical and fearless, her helmet and spear relate to the fact that wisdom and strategy is the key to victory in war. She was born from the head of her father, Zeus.
Fact 6: Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, she is also known as the Virgin goddess. She possesses the following powers: transformation, prophecy, healing, poetry, music, magic, and purification. Her brother, Apollo, was the handsome god of the sun and described as competitive, sociable and fun loving.
Fact 7: Hermes, best known for being the god with wings on his sandals, is the messenger of the gods. His ability to travel swiftly has made earned him favor with the other gods.
Fact 8: Poseidon wielded the trident and was the God of the sea and protector of all waters. The horse is sacred to him.
Fact 9: Aphrodite was the goddess of Love, as well as fertility and beauty. She was the wife of the worksman Hephaestus, God of Fire, but she is known to have an affair with Ares, brother of Athena and God of War. Eros, better known as Cupid, is her son.
Fact 10: Hera, sister and most prominent wife figure of Zeus, was the Queen of the Olympian Gods, and has little to no redeeming qualities.