Roman name: Neptune
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
There were three very important brothers in the ancient Greek god
world - Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Zeus was the king of all the gods.
Hades ruled the Underworld. Poseidon was the Lord of the Sea.
was not at all jealous of his brothers or their power. He did not want
to be in charge of the Underworld. And he certainly did not want all
the responsibility that Zeus had shouldered. He was very happy being
Lord of the Sea.
The job suited him perfectly. Poseidon
had deep blue eyes and streaming green hair. He was moody and
restless and powerful. He could magically make an island appear, or a
tidal wave cover the shoreline, or a wave suck you right off the
beach. All it took was a wave of his hand!
People who lived inland were not that
worried about Poseidon. But all the Greeks who lived along the
coastline were terrified of him. They build temples to honor him. They
brought gifts every day. Sometimes the gifts made Poseidon happy, and
the water was calm and sparkling. Sometimes the gifts did not make him
happy, and a terrible storm would break over the land. The people tried every day to
keep Poseidon happy.
Like most of the gods, Poseidon had
many wives. He especially loved his main wife, who was not jealous of
the other women in his world. That was unusual, and Poseidon was
grateful for it. His main wife was the only wife who lived under the sea and
made her home in their fabulous underwater palace.
Like Hades, Poseidon had a huge mansion
on Mount Olympus, but he only visited to attend meetings of the council
of 12 gods. He much preferred his palace under the sea. Who could blame
him. It was such a beautiful place. There were Greek columns and
colorful seaweed and white sand and glowing jewels and shimmering shells
and magical amber, with fish swimming in and out in every color of the
rainbow. There was nothing like it in the world. At night, glow worms
kept every corner bathed in soft light. It was a peaceful, colorful
place, and as moody and wild as he might be, Poseidon always calmed when
he came home to his beautiful palace and his gentle main wife.
Athena, and Athens
Andromeda, and the sea god, Poseidon