Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Poseidon: The god of the sea
As you can tell from the title (hopefully) Poseidon is the god of the sea, and also the oldest of all of the children of Cronus and Rhea, titans and also brother and sister. His siblings are Hestia the goddess of the hearth and fire, Demeter the goddess of the earth, Hera is the Queen of the gods and the goddess of Marriage and Birth, Hades is the god of the Underworld, and his most famous brother, and the youngest, Zeus, King of the gods and god of the Sky. Poseidon is also the god of Earthquakes and Horses. The symbols associated with him are the Dolphin and the Trident. He lives on the ocean floor in a palace of made of coral and gems. Poseidon was a very moody god, when he was in a good mood, he could makes calm seas and new lands. When he was in a bad mood, he would cause ship wrecks, earthquakes and drownings. He was married to the Neried Amphitrite who produced the half fish half human Triton. He also caused t he birth of Theseus, one of the Greek heroes. Other offspring of Poseidon include: Eumolpus, the Giant Sinis, Polyphemus the evil Cyclops, Orion, mated with Gorgon Medusa to conceive Chrysaor and Pegasus, the flying horse, King Amycus, Proteus, Agenor and Belus from Europa, Pelias, and the King of Egypt, Busiris. He also chased his sister, Demeter, who turned herself in to a mare to escape, and he turned himself in to a stallion and captured her, they had a horse named Arion, the first of all horses. Poseidon had a feud with the goddess of war, Athena. When they were trying to decide who was going to be the patron god/goddess of Athens, Poseidon threw his Trident in to the ground and produced a spring of saltwater and Athena gave them a Olive tree. Athena won. Poseidon used his powers to inflict fear and punishment on people or as revenge. Poseidon could also be cooperative, it was he who helped the Greeks in the war against Troy.