Who Were Some of the Greek Gods?

Greek gods include Zeus, king of the gods, and Hades, the god of death. Others major gods in Greek mythology include Apollo, Ares, Hephaestus and Hermes.

According to Greek mythology, Zeus is the son of the titan Cronus. He defeated his father to become the king of Mount Olympus. He is the lord of the sky and the rain, and his weapon is a thunderbolt.

Hades, associated with the drinking horn or cornucopia and the three-headed dog Cerberus, is the brother of Zeus. He is the lord of the underworld. Dwelling underground, he rules over the dead.

Apollo is the god of music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague, prophecy and the arts. Mythology depicts him as a very handsome, beardless young man with long hair and an ideal physique.

Ares is the god of war. He generally represents the chaos of war as opposed to military strategy.

Haphaestus is the god of fire and the forge, and he uses a volcano as his forge. He is the only god who is physically ugly and lame.

Hermes is the god of thieves and commerce. He acts as the messenger of the gods and leads the dead into the underworld. In Greek mythology, his conception and birth occured the same day.