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 / 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 some ancient Greek myths for kids, retold by the storyteller, Lin Donn
By Lin & Don Donn: Case Files from The Hercules Detective Agency
A series of Greek Myths - animated, by Geethanjali Studios, based on our Greek Myths, used with our permission