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The Greek / Roman Gods & Goddesses. Zeus / Jupiter King of the gods God of air Uses Thunderbolts as his weapon Womanizer – married his own sister Son.

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1 The Greek / Roman Gods & Goddesses

2 Zeus / Jupiter King of the gods God of air Uses Thunderbolts as his weapon Womanizer – married his own sister Son of Cronos and Rhea Most powerful Jupiter is so named because it is so big – it is the “King of Planets” Music is Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity”

3 Poseidon / Neptune God of the sea and earthquakes Made horses Trident is weapon Amphitrite is his wife Zeus’ brother Son of Cronos and Rhea 2 nd most powerful Neptune is so named because the blue looks like water Music is Gustav Holst’s “Neptune, the Mystic”

4 Hades / Pluto / Dis God of the Underworld and Wealth King of the dead but he is not Death Zeus’ brother Son of Cronos and Rhea Has a helmet that makes the wearer invisible Persephone (Spring) is his wife NOT EVIL! (but he is unpitying) 3 rd most powerful

5 Hera / Juno Queen of the gods Protector of marriage Wife/sister of Zeus The peacock is her symbol (because of the eye-look) Cows are sacred to her (ox-eyed Hera) Jealous No planet, but there is an asteroid named after her plus a city in Alaska

6 Phoebus Apollo God of truth, light, archery, and healing Sun god in some myths (Helios is the sun god in other myths) Son of Zeus and Leto Wolves, dolphins, and crows are sacred to him Has the Oracle of Delphi Apollo asteroids are near-earth asteroids

7 Artemis / Diana Apollo’s Twin sister Goddess of the hunt, wild things, and crossways She is the moon goddess sometimes Virgin goddess As Diana, she is also a goddess of light Stags are sacred The Artemis navigation satellite

8 Aphrodite / Venus Goddess of beauty and love Mother of Eros/Cupid Wife of Hephaestus/Vul can but lover of Ares/Mars and other guys Born from the foam in the sea caused by the attack of Cronos/ Saturn on Ouranus/Uranus Venus is so named because it is a beautiful planet and can be easily seen with just the eye Gustav Holst’s “Venus, Bringer of Peace”

9 Ares / Mars God of War Son of Zeus and Hera, but both hate him The Romans glorify him, but the Greeks make him out to be a coward He has three children with Aphrodite: Phobos (panic) and Deimos (fear) are twins Mars and its moons, Phobos and Deimos Gustav Holst’s “Mars, Bringer of War”

10 Pallas Athena / Minerva Goddess of wisdom and defensive war Daughter of Zeus and Metis (titan) – she popped out of his head after he swallowed the pregnant Metis She carries a shield with Medusa’s head on it Minerva was a tiny robot designed by the Japanese to land on an asteroid, but got lost in space.

11 Hephaestus / Vulcan God of fire and the forge Son of Zeus and Hera Ugly Lame because he was thrown off Mt. Olympus for interfering with a fight between Hera and Zeus Husband to Aphrodite

12 Hermes / Mercury Messenger god and the god of thieves Greek Trickster figure Very fast Son of Zeus and Maia Loves Aphrodite Greeks believed he guided souls to Hades Mercury revolves around the sun so fast, it was named for the messenger god. One year is faster than one day on Mercury The Hermes Asteroid

13 Hestia / Vesta Zeus’ sister – Oldest of the original gods Goddess of the hearth and home Gave up her spot on Mt. Olympus for Dionysus Worshipped daily A virgin priestesses served her for 30 year time periods Does pretty much nothing in mythology Asteroid Vesta

14 Eros / Cupid God of love Son of Ares and Aphrodite Often portrayed as a child, but not always. He has wings Uses a bow and arrow – arrows cause one to fall in love Momma’s boy Eros is a near earth asteroid

15 Demeter / Ceres Daughter of Cronos and Rhea Goddess of vegetation Had powers of growth and resurrection Her daughter is Persephone The asteroid Ceres was the first asteroid ever discovered and is one of the largest (about the size of Texas). It almost became a designated as a planet

16 Dionysus / Bacchus Son of Zeus and Semele God of wine and happiness In some areas of Greece, his worship was outlawed (too dirty) The Bacchus asteroid


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