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Twelve Olympians By:Jacob White
Zeus was the king over all the gods.Zeus was the patron of hospitality and guests, ready to avenge any wrong done to a stranger.Zeus he was the keeper of oaths. Exposed liars were made to dedicate a statue to Zeus, often at the sanctuary of Olympia.Zeus watched over business at the agora and punished dishonest traders.
Hera was Queen of the OLYMPIAN GODS.She was the wife and sister of Zeus.Hera was a jealous wife, and she fought with Zeus frequently over his extramarital affairs and illegitimate children. For this reason, Hera was known for punishing offending husbands.She was the protector of women, presiding over marriages and births.While Hera was worshipped in all parts of Greece, temples were erected in her .
Poseidon was most notably the God of the sea and the protector of all waters; sailors relied upon him for safe passage.Poseidon was allotted his dominion after the fall of the Titans.Zeus and Hades were his brothers. It stands to reason that, because of his influence on the waters, he was worshipped in connection with navigation.Poseidon was worshipped as a fertility god.
Athena was the Goddess of War, the female counterpart of ARES.She was the daughter of Zeus; no mother bore her. She sprang from Zeus’s head, full-grown and clothed in armor.She was Zeus’s favorite child.According to Homer’s account in the Iliad, Athena was a fierce and ruthless warrior. In the Odyssey, she was angry and unforgiving. In the course of the Trojan War, she struck Ajax with madness.Known for protecting civilized life, she was the Goddess of the City.
Hermes was the son of Zeus and Maia, one of the Pleiades.He primarily served as the herald or messenger of the gods.Hermes was the god of shepherds, land travel, and literature. More specifically, he was known as a patron of poetry.His interests were varied and widespread.In his role as herald, it also fell to him to conduct souls to HADES.
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