Roman name: Neptune
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
Poseidon was the Lord of the Sea. His brothers were
Zeus - the king of all the gods, and Hades - the king of the
Poseidon was a good
looking fellow. He had deep blue eyes and streaming green hair. He
was a restless fellow, always on the move.
Poseidon was very
powerful. He could raise his hand and a new island would appear! The
Greeks were terrified of Poseidon.
All the Greeks, but
especially those who lived in coastal towns, built a temple to honor
Poseidon. They brought special gifts to the temple every day, hoping to
keep him happy. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. Poseidon was very
Poseidon had many wives.
But his main wife was not jealous, so Poseidon did not have the problems
at home that Zeus did.
Poseidon kept a royal residence on Mount Olympus, but he was
rarely there. He only visited when he had to attend a meeting of the council of
gods. He preferred his palace at the bottom of the sea.
The exterior was made of bright gold. But it was the inside of the palace that
was truly magnificent. Inside, Greek columns supported raised fountains. There were
colorful seaweed gardens and paths of
white sand and beds of glittering jewels and pearls and chunks of amber.
Colored fish darted everywhere. At night,
the whole palace was softly lit by thousands of glow-worms. It was a magical place.
Read a great myth about a contest between
Poseidon and Athena: Poseidon,
Athena, and Athens