Poseidon's Role In Greek Mythology

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Poseidon was god of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses and is considered one of the most angry, moody and greedy Olympian gods. He was known to be angry when insulted for example when he blinded the Cyclops Polyphemus because his father, Odysseus, had made fun of him.He is the son of Cronus and Rhea and was swallowed by his father along with Hades,Demeter, Hestia and Hera. However, in some stories it is believed that Poseidon, like Zeus, was not swallowed by Cronus because his mother Rhea who hid him among a flock of lambs and pretended to have given birth to a colt, which was eaten by Cronus instead. After the gods defeated the Titans, the world was divided into three and Zeus, Hades and Poseidon drew straws to decide which they would…show more content…
Another myth is that Poseidon and Athena once competed for the love of the people around Acropolis. They had a competition to see who could make the most divine object. Poseidon created a spring of salt water, and Athena created an olive tree. The people of Acropolis chose Athena over Poseidon, and that is why there is the city of Athens in Greece, not Poseidonia. His weapon was a trident, with which he could make the earth shake, causing earthquakes, and shatter any object. He was second to Zeus in power amongst the gods. He was considered by Greeks to have a difficult argumentative personality. Combined with his greed, he had a series of disputes with other gods during his various attempts to take over the cities they were patrons of. Poseidon was one of the many gods that had supernatural powers without Poseidon there wouldn’t have been water. Poseidon was a Brother of Zeus and Hades, who all overthrew their father Cronus. He married Amphitrite, one of the granddaughters of the titan Oceanus. According to tradition Poseidon’s sacred animals were the dolphin and horse. Some in his faith say, “he was the one who breathed life into the first horse on
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