The Role Of Poseidon In Greek Mythology

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Poseidon was one of the gods of Greek Mythology. “Poseidon was god of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses” (Facts and Information on Greek God Poseidon). Because of his association with the oceans, he has been worshipped by sailors who relied on and prayed to him for safe travels. The mythological story of Poseidon is interesting from his birth to his conquests, and has impacts on society today. “Poseidon was a child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea” (Poseidon Was the Greek God of the Seas, the Horses and the Earthquakes). His brothers were Zeus and Hades, and his sisters were Hera, Demeter, and Hestia. Poseidon was said to have many lovers - male and female, nymph as well as mortal, and even pursued his own sister, Demeter. He…show more content…
When transformed into something non-human, Poseidon often took on animal form such as a horse or even flowing water. He often did this to try to seduce his lovers. Poseidon is probably most commonly known where he is depicted in his human form. “Poseidon was imposing and strong with long, blue hair” (Poseidon Was the Greek God of the Seas, the Horses and the Earthquakes). He was either wearing a robe or was somewhat naked with just a cloak draped loosely around his waist or around his arms and shoulders. He was also often shown wearing a crown which was really a wreath made of wild celery. Wild celery was actually one of Poseidon’s sacred plants and was also used to crown winners of the god's Isthmian Games. Poseidon lived in a palace under the sea which was said to be made of coral and gems. While he also spent time in Mount Olympus, he spent most of his time in the ocean. Poseidon’s personality “is considered one of the most bad-tempered, moody and greedy Olympian gods” (Facts and Information on Greek God Poseidon). His combative and greedy nature caused him to fight with other gods in an effort to take over their cities. His vengeance was seen when he fought against Odysseus. Poseidon delayed Odysseus from returning home after the Trojan War and cause him to face battles or challenges, all because Odysseus had blinded his son
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