Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes of Greek Mythology

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There are many gods, goddesses, heroes, and creatures in Greek mythology, but generally the attention is focused on a select few. Most myths contain at least one of the twelve (sometimes thirteen) gods or goddesses who dwell atop Mount Olympus, and various other lesser gods and goddesses, heroes, and creatures. Hades, who did not live on Mount Olympus, is not always said to be an Olympian god. All Olympian gods and goddesses are descendents of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea, who form the origin of the Olympian family tree.

Zeus, god of the sky and supreme ruler of the Olympian gods, is the chief god in Greek mythology. He is the son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea, and the brother of Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, and Hera, who was also his wife. He had authority over the sky, the winds, the clouds, rain, thunder and lightning and is usually depicted as wearing a crown of oak leaves, and bearing a scepter in one hand and a thunderbolt in the other (Daly, 123).

Hera, the sister and wife of Zeus, is the goddess of marriage and childbirth and is the queen of the Olympian gods. Because of her husband's unfaithfulness, Hera is a very angry and jealous wife who despised Zeus' many mistresses and their children. Many ti

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