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Zeus is the «Father of Gods and men» who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father rules a family according to ancient Greek religion. He is the god of sky and thunder.
Aphrodite is usually said to have been born near her chief center of worship, Paphos, on the island of Cyprus. She was born out of sea foam as it washed upon the shore.
As the patron of Delphi, Apollo was an oracular god - the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague.
Hera is the wife of Zeus. Her chief function is as the goddess of women and marriage. She presides over the right arrangements of the marriage and is the archetype of the union in the marriage bed, but she is not notable as a mother.
Poseidon was seen as the creator ofnewislands and calmseas.Whenoffended orignored, he supposedly struck the ground with his trident and caused chaotic springs, earthquakes, drownings and shipwrecks. Sailors often prayed to Poseidon for a safe voyage.
Demeter was usually portrayed on a chariot, and frequently associated with images of the harvest, including flowers, fruit, and grain. She was also sometimes pictured with her daughter Persephone.
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