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 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 / Hephaestus / Heracles / Eros / Dionysus / Orpheus / Echo / Pan / Pandora / Pegasus / Kerberos / Prometheus
The ancient Greek storytellers traveled from village to village, telling stories about the ancient Greek gods. 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 a few of the ancient Greek myths for kids, retold by the storyteller, Lin Donn: