Poseidon Essay

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Poseidon is the Greek god of water and earthquakes. He was a very strong and powerful god. His Roman name is Neptune. Like all gods, he was immortal but he did not like mortals. He was brother to Zeus, the God of the sky, and Hades, the god of the under world.Not only was Poseidon the god of water, but he was also the god of earthquakes, too. A Greek poet by the name of Homer used several titles to describe his personality. One was Gaieochos, which means “holder of the earth,” which entitled that the ocean was all around the earth. ...view middle of the document...

As a reward, Poseidon made Delphinus a constellation.Poseidon, like his brother Zeus, was handsome, bearded, and fierce. Also like his brother, he was an unfaithful husband and betrayed his wife many times. Poseidon and Amphitrite had many children, the most famous is the sea god Triton, who was half man half fish, and who calmed the seas by blowing a horn made from a conch shell.When mortals offended Poseidon, he did not forget it. He didn’t forgive them, either. One example is when the Greek hero Odysseus put a wooden stake into the eye of Poseidon’s son, the giant Cyclops Polyphemus. To get back at him, Poseidon unleashed a series of violent storms at Odysseus which almost killed him. The only reason why he survived is because the goddess Athena protected and guided him.Poseidon and Athena were enemies in Greek mythology. Many years before, they would fight for the position of ruler of Athens. They demonstrated their powers by creating gifts for Athenians. The king of Athens, Cecrops decided that Athena’s gift, touching the earth and making an olive tree grow was most useful, so the Athenians built a temple for her. The king’s decision made Poseidon so mad he sent a flood into Athens. They built a temple for him as an apology(http://www.pantheon.org/articles/p/poseidon.html)

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