The all-powerful Greek gods were worshipped across the ancient world, from Egypt to Greece to Rome itself. The Greeks had a vast pantheon of deities, split into the twelve Olympians (the main focus), the Titans, and the Giants.
Many of these are familiar to us today, including Zeus, Poseidon, and Aphrodite, but what about Hephaestus, Hades, or Hecate?
This article will give an overview of The Tallest Greek Gods:
Zeus was the King of the Olympian gods, and he ruled over them for almost his whole life. He was known as a god of law, morality, justice, authority, and fate.
Zeus is also considered to have the power of lightning by some, but this isn’t always true. Cronus was jealous of his power when he was a child, so he sent him away on an island guarded by Krakkens.
Zeus’ mother hid him in a cave where Zeus grew up with only two other companions.
When Zeus grew up, he killed his father Cronus with a lightning bolt, then freed all of the Cyclops that had been locked away with him. After doing this, Zeus became the ruler of Mount Olympus and was worshipped by everyone, including humans.
Long ago, Zeus fought a war with Cronus over the sovereignty of the universe. The three brothers divided everything between themselves.
Hades received the reign of the dead, Poseidon was given dominion over all sea life, and Zeus reigned supreme over Mount Olympus.
Over time though, many people forgot about these gods since they were rarely seen in their true forms.
Aphrodite is credited by the Greeks to be the most beautiful of all the goddesses. She was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or perhaps Uranus and Gaia.
Aphrodite was known for her beauty and had impressive weaponry skills. She used magical girdles of unfading flowers to help Hera keep her beauty with Zeus.
In one version of her story, Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and a sea nymph named Dione. Aphrodite’s beauty caused many problems in Greece, causing many people to fall in love with others who were not their spouses.
Hera had been punishing the people of Cythera for being unfaithful to her by making them fall in love uncontrollably. It is believed that Aphrodite’s magic also caused people to fall out of love.
Athena was the daughter of Zeus and Metis. She appeared fully grown from Zeus’ forehead in a flash of light, wearing armor and wielding weapons.
History had it that the room was filled with strange smoke when she was born, and voices could be heard singing.
It is said that when Zeus cut her from his head, he felt such euphoria that he declared Athena to be immortal.
Poseidon was the son of Cronus and Rhea. He is known as one of the three Olympian gods, Zeus and Hades. His weapon was the Trident, which he used to shake the earth or shatter water into steam.
This would create storms that often caused sailors to become lost. Poseidon was also responsible for earthquakes when he walked the earth, earning his power over the sea.
Apollo was a son of Zeus and Leto. He is considered a god associated with light, truth, healing, and prophecies.
Apollo is known by many names, including “Apollo Pythios,” “Apollo Delphinios,” and “Phoebus.” Apollo had a twin sister, Artemis.
He is associated with the Sun, while his sister is often described as the Moon. Apollo killed the mighty Python when he was only a child by shooting him with arrows. After killing Python, Apollo took over many of his duties as a god.
Thanatos was the son of Nyx and Erebus. He personified death. After Hades discovered that his wife, Persephone, had been taken by his brother Zeus, he went into a rage and killed every man on earth.
Thanatos calmed him down, though, so to show gratitude, Hades gave Thanatos a place in the Underworld, next to Persephone.
Thanatos also ruled over death during war and battle, as well as the deaths of mortals.
Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Hades wanted to marry Persephone, so he abducted her.
Zeus became furious with Hades for this transgression, so he ordered his brother to release her. Hades complied on the condition that she had eaten nothing in the Underworld.
Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds in the Underworld, however, making her the Goddess of Springtime for half of each year, but Queen of the Dead during winter.
Hephaestus was the son of Hera and Zeus. Hephaestus was incredibly strong and had an impressive skill with metalwork.
He was born crippled after Hera hit him with a hammer, but after hearing of his skills as a smith and craftsman, she handed him over to the god, Eileithyia.
Hephaestus forged many important items for the gods, including Zeus’ Thunderbolt.
He was married to Aphrodite, but she was unfaithful. Hephaestus trapped her in a magic net after finding out about her affairs.
Hades is known as the brother of Zeus and Poseidon, not Pluto (the Roman God of the Underworld) because, at this time, they were two different entities.
Hades was the brother of Zeus and Poseidon.
His mother was Cronus’ wife, Rhea. Hades ruled over the Underworld, also known as the Netherworld, after defeating his wife’s brothers for control of it.
Any normal weapons couldn’t kill Hades, so he had to be conquered, although some say that Zeus tricked him and stripped him of his weapons.
Hecate was the daughter of Perses and Asteria, making her a Titan. After Zeus castrated his father, Cronus, she was born and took over as King of the Gods.
Cronus’ genitals fell into the ocean, and Hecate emerged from that part of the sea. Hecate was known as a goddess of magic and considered an Earth Goddess.
Hecate was worshiped in many parts of Greece during ancient times and modern times; however, there are no surviving temples.
There were many Greek gods and goddesses, as you can see from this top 10 list.
They all had their abilities, responsibilities, and personalities that made them unique.
The Greeks believed that the gods ruled over nature and human lives and could affect how people lived, died, or forever remained immortal.