Who Were Some of the Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses?

Ancient Greek gods and goddesses include Zeus, Hera, Hades, Apollo, Artemis, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Athena and many more. Zeus, often called the “Father of Gods and men," was king of Mount Olympus, the home of the Greek gods.

Zeus, god of the sky, imposed his will on both men and gods. He was the last child of the Greek gods Cronus and Rhea. He mated with mortals as well as with many goddesses, including Hera and Demeter. His children included Apollo, Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis and Perseus.

Apollo was god of many things, including music, poetry, art, disease, medicine, light and knowledge. He was the son of Zeus and the Titan Leto. He was the patron of Delphi and could foretell prophecy through the Delphic oracle Pythia, while as leader of the Muses, he was the patron of art and music.

Aphrodite was the goddess of fertility, love and beauty. According to one account, she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione; by another account, she arose out of the foam of the sea. She was married to Hephaestus but had many other lovers, including the gods Harmonia and Hermaphroditus.

The Greek gods Hades and Poseidon ruled the world along with Zeus, with Poseidon ruling the sea and Hades ruling the underworld.