Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
The Twelve Olympians
Roman Name: Council of 12
The ancient Greek mystical world was ruled by a small group of gods called the Olympians.
When things had to be decided, the council of 12 gods met on Mount Olympus to
All the Olympians kept a home on Mount
Olympus. Unless they were off
traveling somewhere, that's where you could find most of them. Hades preferred his home in the Underworld. Poseidon
preferred his palace under the sea. But the rest of the Olympians lived
on Mount Olympus.
Hestia was the goddess of hearth and
home. She used to be one of the Olympians, but she grew tired of all
their fighting and bickering. She gave her seat to Dionysus, the god
of wine. Actually, once Dionysus settled down and got married, he was
a very good choice.
Aphrodite was on the council. Her
husband, Hephaestus, who built all the gods' homes on Mount Olympus, was
not on the council, not according to most Greek myths. However, if you
visit the famous temple, the
Parthenon, in Greece, you'll find a statue of each of the 12
Olympians. Hades, king of the Underworld, is not represented with a statue, but Hephaestus is.
who was the 12th Olympian? Hades or Hephaestus? The answer is - it
depends on the storyteller. That's the thing about myths. Many myths
were retold over and over, because the story was so good. But any
storyteller might create a new adventure for the gods. What was
important is that the gods' personalities remained the same. Everybody
in ancient Greece knew the gods' personalities! There was no changing
Here are the twelve Olympians:
turned her place over to Dionysus
Last (depending upon who is telling the story) -
and sometimes Hephaestus