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Ancient Greek Gods for Kids

The magical world of the ancient Greek gods was a world full of bickering and challenges and jealousies and fights and punishment and love. Many Greek myths were based on the fact that gods, like mortal men, could be punished or rewarded for their actions. They could fall in love. They could get angry. And they could get even!

The ancient Greek gods loved to get involved in the lives of mortals, sometimes to help, and sometimes to hinder, and sometimes quite accidentally, causing all kinds of trouble. The ancient Greek gods were not always the most thoughtful of magical beings. For more about that, see: Case Files from The Hercules Detective Agency, Founded to Help the Greek People (GreekMyths4Kids)

The ancient Greeks believed in a great many gods and goddesses and other magical creatures. Here are some of the major ones. Click on their name to learn more about them:   Zeus   /  Hera  /  Poseidon  /  Hades  /  Ares  /  Hermes  /  Apollo  /  Artemis  /  Athena  /  Hestia  /  Demeter  /  Aphrodite  /  Helios / Hephaestus  /  Heracles  /  Eros  /  Dionysus  /  Orpheus  /  Echo  /  Pan  /  Pandora  /  Pegasus  /  Kerberos  /  Prometheus

There were also the nine muses, wood nymphs  & water nymphs, and many monsters!

The ancient Greek storytellers traveled from village to village, telling stories about the ancient Greek gods and other magical beings. These stories are called myths (short for mythology, or stories about gods.)  Each storyteller changed the myths a bit to fit their audience and their own imagination, but whatever power and personality a god had was consistent no matter who was telling the story. For example, Zeus was always king of the gods, and only Zeus could throw lightning bolts.

Here are some ancient Greek myths for kids, retold by the storyteller, Lin Donn

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By Lin & Don Donn:  Case Files from The Hercules Detective Agency

Original Stories by Lin and Don Donn about the ancient Greeks

  1. How It All Started

  2. The Misunderstood Minotaur

  3. The Enchanted Well

  4. The Missing Olive Trees

  5. Kerberos on Strike

  6. The Very Inventive Rescue

  7. The Scaredly Fish

  8. The Tricked Bully

  9. The Stone Zoo

  10. The Reluctant Oracle

  11. Olympic Team Herc

  12. The Bad Barber

  13. The Talking Tools

  14. The Mad Machine

  15. The Constant Chatterbox

  16. The Voiceless Storyteller

  17. The Monster Under the Bridge

  18. The Stinky Sandals

  19. The Awesome Actor

  20. Hercules Challenged

  21. The Golden Lyre

  22. The Mischievous Trickster

  23. The Magic Earrings

  24. The Rhyming Poet

  25. The Three Harpies

  26. The Pearl Divers

  27. The Festival Arrow

  28. The Dragon Egg

  29. The Dangerous Dragon

  30. The Golden Nugget

  31. The Moving Mountain

  32. The Monster on the Causeway

  33. The Amazing Matchmaker

  34. The Temple Worm

  35. The Charcoal Burners

  36. The Ionian Sea Pirates

  37. The Island of the Sirens

  38. The Magic Wool

  39. The Minotaur to the Rescue

  40. The Missing Trident

  41. The Terrible Tutor

  42. The Dance Teacher

  43. The Water Rights

  44. The Winged Monsters

  45. The Treasure Map

See Also:

The Truth About Myths

Hades and the River Styx

Greek Monster Myths

Greek God Family Tree

The 12 Olympians

Mount Olympus

The Nine Muses

The Greek Storytellers

FREE QUIZ: TEST YOURSELF Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses (Interactive with answers)

Greek Myth Games (interactive)

A series of Greek Myths - animated, by Geethanjali Studios, based on our Greek Myths, used with our permission

Free Lesson Plans for Teachers about the ancient Greek deities