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List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 11:59am On Jun 07, 2013
The Greeks created images of their deities for many purposes. A
temple would house the statue of a god or goddess, or multiple
deities, and might be decorated with relief scenes depicting myths.
Divine images were common on coins. Drinking cups and other
vessels were painted with scenes from Greek myths. These gods and goddesses are known to be Immortal. There are Fifteen Olympian Dieties:
. Aphrodite
· Apollo
· Ares
· Artemis
· Athena
· Demeter
· Dionysus
· Hades
· Hephaestus
· Hera
· Heracles
· Hermes
· Hestia
· Poseidon
· Zeus
Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:02pm On Jun 07, 2013
Aphrodite:
Goddess of love, beauty, desire, and pleasure. Although married
to Hephaestus she had many lovers, most notably Ares, Adonis,
and Anchises. She was depicted as a beautiful woman and of all
the goddesses most likely to appear Unclad or seminude. Poets
praise the radiance of her smile and her laughter. Her symbols
include roses and other flowers, the scallop shell, and myrtle
wreath. Her sacred animals are doves and sparrows. Her Roman
counterpart was Venus.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:08pm On Jun 07, 2013
Apollo:
God of light, music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague and
darkness, prophecy, poetry, purity, athletism, manly beauty, and
enlightenment. He is the son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin
brother of Artemis. As brother and sister, they were identified
with the sun and moon; both use a bow and arrow. In the earliest
myths, Apollo contends with his half-brother Hermes. In
sculpture, Apollo was depicted as a very handsome, beardless
young man with long hair and an ideal physique. As the
embodiment of perfectionism, he could be cruel and destructive,
and his love affairs were rarely happy. His attributes include the
laurel wreath and lyre. He often appears in the company of the
Muses. Animals sacred to Apollo include roe deer, swans, cicadas,
hawks, ravens, crows, foxes, mice, and snakes.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:12pm On Jun 07, 2013
Ares:
God of war, bloodshed, and violence. The son of Zeus and Hera,
he was depicted as a beardless youth, either Unclad with a helmet
and spear or sword, or as an armed warrior. Homer portrays
him as moody and unreliable, and he generally represents the
chaos of war in contrast to Athena, a goddess of military strategy
and skill. Ares' sacred animals are the vulture, venomous snakes,
dogs, and boars. His Roman counterpart Mars by contrast was
regarded as the dignified ancestor of the Roman people.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:13pm On Jun 07, 2013
Artemis:
Virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls,
childbirth and plague. In later times she became associated with
the moon. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and twin sister of
Apollo. In art she was often depicted as a young woman dressed
in a short knee-length chiton and equipped with a hunting bow
and a quiver of arrows. Her attributes include hunting spears,
animal pelts, deer and other wild animals. Her sacred animals are
deer, bears, and wild boars. Diana was her Roman counterpart.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:14pm On Jun 07, 2013
Athena:
Goddess of intelligence and skill, warfare, battle strategy,
handicrafts, and wisdom. According to most traditions, she was
born from Zeus's head fully formed and armored. She was
depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and a
spear, and wearing the aegis over a long dress. Poets describe her
as "grey-eyed" or having especially bright, keen eyes. She was a
special patron of heroes such as Odysseus. Her symbol is the
olive tree. She is commonly shown accompanied by her sacred
animal, the owl. The Romans identified her with Minerva.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:15pm On Jun 07, 2013
Demeter:
Goddess of grain, agriculture and the harvest, growth and
nourishment. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and
sister of Zeus, by whom she bore Persephone. She was one of
the main deities of the Eleusinian Mysteries, in which her power
over the life cycle of plants symbolized the passage of the human
soul through its life course and into the afterlife. She was depicted
as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat
and a torch. Her symbols are the cornucopia, wheat-ears, the
winged serpent, and the lotus staff. Her sacred animals are pigs
and snakes. Ceres was her Roman counterpart.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:16pm On Jun 07, 2013
Dionysus:
God of wine, parties and festivals, madness, chaos, drunkenness,
drugs, and ecstasy. He was depicted in art as either an older
bearded god or a pretty effeminate, long-haired youth. His
attributes include the thyrsus (a pinecone-tipped staff), drinking
cup, grape vine, and a crown of ivy. He is often in the company
of his thiasos, a posse of attendants including satyrs, maenads,
and his old tutor Silenus. The consort of Dionysus was Ariadne.
Animals sacred to him include dolphins, serpents, tigers, and
donkeys. A later addition to the Olympians, in some accounts he
replaced Hestia. Bacchus was another name for him in Greek, and
came into common usage among the Romans.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:17pm On Jun 07, 2013
Hades:
King of the underworld and the dead, and god of the earth's
hidden wealth, both agricultural produce and precious metals. His
consort is Persephone. His attributes are the drinking horn or
cornucopia, key, sceptre, and the three-headed dog Cerberus. The
screech owl was sacred to him. He was one of three sons of
Cronus and Rhea, and thus sovereign over one of the three
realms of the universe, the underworld. As a chthonic god,
however, his place among the Olympians is ambiguous. In the
mystery religions and Athenian literature, Pluto (Plouton, "the
Rich"wink was his preferred name, with Hades more common for the
underworld as a place. The Romans translated Plouton as Dis
Pater ("the Rich Father"wink or Pluto.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:19pm On Jun 07, 2013
Hephaestus:
Crippled god of fire, metalworking, and crafts. The son of Hera by
parthenogenesis, he is the smith of the gods and the husband of
the adulterous Aphrodite. He was usually depicted as a bearded
man with hammer, tongs and anvil—the tools of a smith—and
sometimes riding a donkey. His sacred animals are the donkey,
the guard dog and the crane. Among his creations was the armor
of Achilles. Hephaestus used the fire of the forge as a creative
force, but his Roman counterpart Volcanus (Vulcan) was feared
for his destructive potential and associated with the volcanic
power of the earth.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:20pm On Jun 07, 2013
Hera:
Queen of the heavens and goddess of marriage, women,
childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires. She is the wife of Zeus and
daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She was usually depicted as a regal
woman in the prime of her life, wearing a diadem and veil and
holding a lotus-tipped staff. Although she was the goddess of
marriage, Zeus's many infidelities drive her to jealousy and
vengefulness. Her sacred animals are the heifer, the peacock, and
the cuckoo. At Rome she was known as Juno.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:22pm On Jun 07, 2013
Hermes:
God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, thievery,
trickery, language, writing, diplomacy, athletics, and animal
husbandry. The son of Zeus and Maia, Hermes is the messenger
of the gods, and a psychopomp who leads the souls of the dead
into the afterlife. He was depicted either as a handsome and
athletic beardless youth, or as an older bearded man. His
attributes include the herald's wand or caduceus, winged sandals,
and a traveler's cap. His sacred animals are the tortoise, the ram,
and the hawk. The Roman Mercury was more closely identified
with trade and commerce.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:23pm On Jun 07, 2013
Hestia:
Virgin goddess of the hearth, home and chastity. She is a
daughter of Rhea and Cronus and sister of Zeus. Not often
identifiable in Greek art, she appeared as a modestly veiled
woman. Her symbols are the hearth and kettle. In some accounts,
she gave up her seat as one of the Twelve Olympians in favor of
Dionysus, and she plays little role in Greek myths. Her counterpart
Vesta, however, was a major deity of the Roman state.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:24pm On Jun 07, 2013
Poseidon:
God of the sea, rivers, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and the
creator of horses; known as the "Earth Shaker". He is a son of
Cronus and Rhea and brother to Zeus and Hades. He rules one of
the three realms of the universe as king of the sea and the waters.
In classical artwork, he was depicted as a mature man of sturdy
build with an often luxuriant beard, and holding a trident. The
horse and the dolphin are sacred to him. His wedding with
Amphitrite is often presented as a triumphal procession. His
Roman counterpart was Neptune.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:24pm On Jun 07, 2013
Zeus:
King of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the
sky, weather, thunder, lightning, law, order, and fate. He is the
youngest son of Cronus and Rhea. He overthrew Cronus and
gained the sovereignty of heaven for himself. In artwork, he was
depicted as a regal, mature man with a sturdy figure and dark
beard. His usual attributes are the royal scepter and the lightning
bolt, and his sacred animals are the eagle and the bull. His
counterpart Jupiter, also known as Jove, was the supreme deity of
the Romans.

Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 12:34pm On Jun 07, 2013
The Lesser Greek Dieties Are-
Aether:
The god of the upper air and light.
Ananke:
The goddess of inevitability, compulsion, and necessity.
Chaos:
The nothingness from which all else sprang.
Chronos:
The god of time.
Erebos:
The god of darkness and shadow.
Eros/Cupid:
The god of love and attraction.
Gaia:
Mother of the Titans.
Hemera:
Goddess of daylight.
Hypnos:
The god of Sleep.
Nesoi:
The goddesses of the islands and sea.
Nyx:
The goddess of night.
Uranus:
The god of the heavens.
The Ourea:
The gods of mountains.
Phanes:
The god of procreation in the Orphic tradition.
Pontus:
The god of the sea, father of the fish and other sea creatures.
Tartarus:
The god of the deepest, darkest part of the underworld.
Thalassa:
Spirit of the sea and consort of Pontos.
Thanatos:
God of Death.
Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by ijebabe: 1:21pm On Jun 07, 2013
Woah! God overdose
Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by cigaricon(m): 7:33pm On Jun 07, 2013
Wah about HERCULES
Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by ijebabe: 8:33pm On Jun 07, 2013
^ He's only a demigod
Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by rodeo0070(m): 1:29pm On Jun 10, 2013
Nice work OP...

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Re: List And Pictures Of Greek Mythological Figures by Nobody: 7:26pm On Jun 10, 2013
rodeo0070: Nice work OP...
thank u!

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