Greek mythology is filled with all kinds of interesting characters. It contains petty gods, demi-god heroes, and vicious monsters. The youngest generation of the gods are the Olympians and their offspring. These are the most famous deities, but there used to be another generation of gods that ruled over the universe. That generation is referred to as “Titans (male) and Titanides (female)”. The majority of Greek mythology revolves around the Olympians and their offspring, some of them demi-gods that were fathered on mortals. We attempt to provide a clear overview of all interesting characters down below.
The mythology of the Greek world spread to the Romans and found syncreticsim with the Egyptian mythology. Where the Greco-Roman mythology was largely the same, both would borrow elements from the Egyptian pantheon and its stories.
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Greek gods and goddesses (the Olympians and their offspring)
- Ares – God of war and courage.
- Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty.
- Apollo – God of many, many things.
- Artemis – Goddess of hunting, animals, nature, childbirth, and chastity.
- Athena – Goddess of wisdom, strategy, and craftsmanship.
- Demeter – Goddess of harvest, fertility, and agriculture.
- Dionysus – God of festivals, booze, madness, human arts, civilization, law, and innovation.
- Eirene – Goddess of peace.
- Hades – God of the dead; Ruler of the Underworld.
- Hecate – Goddess of magic, witches, herbology, and crossroads.
- Hephaestus – God of the smithy, forging, fire, and volcanoes.
- Hera – Goddess of family, fertility, femininity, and marriage.
- Hermes – Messenger god of Olympus. Also a god of many, many things.
- Hestia – Goddess of the household, hearth, sacrifice, and state.
- Persephone – Goddess of fertility, Queen of the Underworld.
- Poseidon – God of the seas, earthquakes, storms, and horses.
- Plutus – God of wealth.
- Zeus – Supreme god of the Greek pantheon. God of the skies, thunder, and natural order.
Titans and Titanides (Cronus and his siblings, nephews, and nieces)
- Coeus – Titan personification of intelligence.
- Crius – Titan personification of leadership and heavenly constellations.
- Cronus – Titan personification of time; former ruler of the universe.
- Eos – Titanide personification of dawn.
- Helios – Titan (or god?) personification of the sun.
- Hyperion – Titan personification of light (and the sun).
- Iapetus – Titan personification of mortality.
- Mnemosyne – Titanide personification of memory.
- Oceanus – Titan personification of the oceans that surround the world.
- Phoibe – Titanide personification of intelligence.
- Prometheus – Titan creator of humanity; he who stole the fire of the gods.
- Rhea – Titanide personification of earth, which she took over from Gaia.
- Tethys – Titanide personification of underground rivers and springs.
- Thea – Titanide personification of light
- Themis – Titanide personification of law and order.
- Typhon – Monster titan, designed for battle.
Primordial beings (those that came before the Titans and Titanides)
- Chaos – Primordial personification of chaos: the primordial being in Greek cosmology.
- Eros – Primordial personification of love.
- Gaia – Primordial personification of Earth; Mother Earth.
- Nyx – Primordial personification of darkness.
- Pontus – Primordial personification of oceans.
- Tartarus – Primordial personification of the underworld.
- Uranus – Primordial personification of the heavens.