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People of Ancient Greece adored their Gods, and had many stories and myths about them. There were several Gods, and therefore, there are several mythological stories about them. Read on to find out more about the Greek Gods!
- Myths and mythology were big in Ancient Greece.
- People believed that the families of Greek Gods lived up high in a palace above the clouds, and above a mountain called “Mount Olympus”, which is the highest mountain in Greece.
- It is believed that each God had power over a certain facet of life.
- Many Greek Gods appear in mythological stories.
- Before the Twelve Olympian Gods took over, there was another set of Gods called The Titans, who were the first (or elder) Gods.
- There were 12 Titans, including the parents of Zeus.
- The 12 Titans were overthrown by their children, and led by Zeus.
- In many Greek myths, the Gods bickered and had difficulties with each other sometimes.
- Many of these myths centred around the Gods, like mortals, being punished or rewarded for their behaviors and actions.
- In Ancient Greece, there were also famed heroes:
Son of Zeus and his mother was a mortal; he fought many monsters and did a lot of work and with mortals
An admired hero in the Trojan who was unstoppable except for his heel; he is a character in Homer’s “The Iliad” (a mythological story)
He was very brave, strong, and intelligent; he is the hero in Homer’s “The Odyssey” (a mythological story)
- There were 12 major gods that the Greek worshipped.
- These Gods were: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Athena, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, and Demeter.
|Zeus||Leader of the Olympians; God of the sky and lightning|
|Hera||Queen of the Gods; Goddess of marriage and family|
|Poseidon||God of the ocean, earthquakes, and horses|
|Dionysus||God of wine and celebrations (parties, festivals, etc)|
|Apollo||God of archery, music, light and prophecy|
|Artemis||Goddess of the hunt, archery, and animals|
|Hermes||Messenger of the gods; God of trading and thieves|
|Athena||Goddess of wisdom, defence, and war|
|Ares||Son of Zeus and Hera; God of war and bloodshed|
|Aphrodite||Married to Hephaestus; Goddess of love and beauty|
|Hephaestus||Created many things for the gods; God of fire|
|Demeter||Goddess of agriculture and the seasons|
- Zeus and Hera were siblings, but were married!
- Zeus’s symbol was a thunderbolt, and threw it like a spear.
- Hera’s symbols were a peacock, pomegranate, lion and a cow.
- Hera was a beautiful and gracious God, but was very bossy.
- The trident is Poseidon’s symbol, which he used to move the seas (which could be calm or stormy) or start earthquakes, and when he moved around on his golden chariot.
- Poseidon had long blue hair and was the brother of Zeus and Hades.
- As the God of celebrations, Dionysus loved a good time, and was the youngest of all the Gods. He was also Zeus’s son, and his symbol was a grapevine, representing wine.
- Apollo had a twin sister named Artemis. His symbols included the bow and arrow, the lyre, and the sun. He liked animals and was a handsome god.
- As Apollo’s twin, Artemis’ symbol was the moon, and also the bow and arrow and the deer.
- Hermes carried around a wand called a caduceus (a staff with two snakes wrapped around it), and wore winged sandals made by Hephaestus.
- Athena was born dressed in armor and was very tall and brave.
- Athena’s symbols were an owl and an olive branch. She was very wise, smart, and tactical about war, unlike Ares.
- The spear and shield are Ares’ symbols. He was always wearing armor and wasn’t that smart about war.
- Aphrodite was a beautiful goddess whose symbols were doves, sparrows, swans, and roses. She was born out of sea foam, and was married to Hephaestus, but adored Mars.
- Hephaestus was the god of fire, and was a blacksmith and craftsman for the Gods. He liked to make things out of clay and had help from the Cyclops.
- Hephaestus made Pandora – the first mortal woman – out of clay, and he also made Hermes his winged sandals.
- Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and seasons. Her symbols were pigs and wheat.
- Other Gods included:
God of the underworld. He did not live on Mount Olympus, but instead in the underworld. He had dark hair and drove a dark chariot with dark horses and was married to Persephone, Queen of the Dead.
She was the oldest of the gods; more mortals prayed to her than any other god. She was the goddess of home and family, and was very beautiful and gracious.
Greek Gods Worksheets
This bundle contains 10 ready-to-use Greek Gods Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the people of Ancient Greece who adored their Gods, and had many stories and myths about them. There were several Gods, and therefore, there are several mythological stories about them.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Greek Gods Facts.
- My Favorite Greek God.
- Greek Gods Word Search.
- Fill in the Blanks.
- Guess the God.
- Greek Gods Crossword.
- True or False.
- Greek Gods Unscrambling.
- Greek Gods Poster.
- Map of Ideas.
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