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The Olympians by their Greek and Latin names, and their relationship to Zeus:

 

GREEK LATIN Description
Zeus. Jove, Jupiter Supreme ruler god; lord of the sky and a rain god who hurls thunderbolts at those who displease him. He punishes those that lie or break oaths.
Aphrodite. Venus, born from the sea The goddess of love, born of Cronus's castrated sperm on the ocean.
Apollo. Apollo, son by Leto God of music, the archer with the silver bow. He is a god of healing and taught humans medicine. A god of light and truth, he can not lie. He daily harnesses his chariot and drives the sun across the sky. His sacred tree is the laurel, bird the crown and animal the dolphin.
Ares. Mars, son by Hera God of war. He is considered murderous, bloodstained and cowardly. His sacred bird was the vulture and his sacred animal the dog.
Artemis. Diana, twin to Apollo The virgin huntress, but virgin has a much different meaning than most in her case. She is the moon goddess, queen of the hung and guardian of virgins and women in labor.
Athena. Minerva, daughter by Metis The goddess of wisdom and war. She sprang, in full armor from Zeus's forehead. She is fierce and brave in battle but only fights to protect state and home. The goddess of handicrafts and agriculture she invented the bridle, trumpet, flute, pot, rake, plow, yoke, ship and chariot. She embodies wisdom, reason and purity. Her sacred tree is olive, her bird the owl. She is another virgin goddess.
Hades. Jove, Jupiter The lord of the Underworld. He is also greedy and constantly increasing his subjects. He favors those who increase the number of dead and doesn't like letting people leave the underworld. He is the god of wealth and mined metals. He wears a helmet that makes him invisible; he rarely leaves the Underworld. He is unpitying but not caprcious.
Hera. Juno, Sister and Wif Protector of marriage and married women. Her sacred animals were the cow and the peacock. Unhappily married to Zeus.
Hermes. Mercury, son by Maia Zeus's messenger, the fastest of the gods who wears winged shoes.
Hestia. Jove, Jupiter A virgin goddess; the goddess of the hearth. Newborn children were carried around the house and hearth for her blessing before joining their families.
Poisedon. Neptune, brother The lord of the sea; he created the first horse in an attempt to impress Dememter. His weapon is the trident that can shake the earth or shatter any object. He is difficult, quarrelsome and greedy.
Zeus. Jove, Jupiter Supreme ruler god; lord of the sky and a rain god who hurls thunderbolts at those who displease him. He punishes those that lie or break oaths.






Other Important Deities:

 

  GREEK LATIN SPECIAL CONCERN
Hestia. Vesta  hearth
Eros Amor love
Hades Pluto underworld
Persephone Perserpina spring
Pan Pan flocks
Selene Luna moon
Helios Sol sun




Mortals who perhaps became gods:

Herakles Hercules labor
Asklepios Aesculapius healing