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God of the Sea

            The Great God of the Sea is me, Poseidon. I am the son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, brother of Zeus, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, and Hera. Wanna hear the story or should I say stories how I was born? Well, let me tell you these stories. According to the Arcadians, when I was born, my mother, Rhea, declared to my father, Cronus, who used to swallow his offspring at birth, that she had given birth to a horse, and so she presented him a foal to swallow instead of me just as later she offered him a wrapped stone in place of Zeus. Rhea committed me to Caphira and to the Telchines so that they would nurture me, much in the way as she later committed Zeus to the Curetes for his protection. But I don't know. Others would say that I was also swallowed by my father and only Zeus was able to escape this fate. Anyway, I was given the title of being God of the Sea since my brothers, sisters, and I defeated and caused the overthrow of our father. I was also called as the Earthshaker and the Earth encircler for when I struck the ground using this trident, the earth trembled and split open. When I struck the sea, waves rose mountain high and the winds howled, wrecking ships and drowning those who lived on the shores. But when I am in the calm mood, I would stretch out my hand and still the sea and raise new lands out of the water. .
             My kingdom, my very own kingdom is the vast sea which I have populated with different creatures. I ride the waves in a seashell drawn by sea-horses and my most honored creation is the horse. [I like horses]. There was a time when I compete with Athene, the daughter of Zeus. The contest would be for us to devise cunning gifts for the mortals. As a reward, the mortals promised to show eternal gratitude to the victor. I devised the horse and Athene created the olive tree. Unfortunately, I missed the game. Athens was named after the contest winner. Although I lost, my gift, which is the horse, literally changed the shape of the ancient Greek world.

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