Gods and Goddesses

Summer Assignment
English 10 Int.The Olympian Gods and Goddesses
There were two types of Olympic Gods: those who dwelled on Mount Olympus, and those of resided on, or under, Earth. The Twelve Olympians, in Greek mythology, were the gods of the Greek pantheon. The Olympians did not rule the world from the very beginning. They gained their power in the world of gods after Zeus led his siblings to victory in a war lasting nearly a decade with the Titans. Zeus overthrew his father Cronus, leader of the Titans. They then moved to live on Mount Olympus, ruling the world from there. Of the twelve Olympians, Zeus was the most powerful. He was the leader of them all. With his many victories, came his many wives. One of them, Hera, was actually his sister. She was also among the twelve great Olympians. Zeus and Hera had several children together. Some of them wound up in this elite group, as well. The Romans adopted the formally Greek tales as their own. They soon after gave the gods Roman names. Apollo, the god of the sun and light, was the only one to keep his original name. The ancient Greeks wrote many tales about their deities. In those stories, they would never die, for the Greeks believed the gods and goddesses were immortals.
When Zeus, Jupiter in Roman Mythology, was young, he overthrew his father, Cronus, to become the Supreme Ruler of the Olympians. Zeus’s power, which included him as the Lord of the Sky, Rain God, God of Thunder, God of the Winds, and Cloud-Gatherer, was greater than that of all of the other gods and goddesses combined. Zeus married and made mistresses of many women. Metis was his first wife. Gaea and Uranus warned Zeus that if Metis had the child she was pregnant with at the time, the child would be more powerful than he and overthrow him just as he overthrew his father. Zeus swallowed Metis when she was about to give birth to prevent this. A few of Zeus’s wives included: Themis, Uranus and Gaea’s daughter, Mnemosyne, which…