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Twelve Olympians- Poseidon

Tina Wu, Lika Huang

Lika Huang

on 25 March 2011

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Transcript of Twelve Olympians- Poseidon

Greek Mythology-
Poseidon In dividing heaven, the Olympians believed that Earth would be ruled jointly, with Zeus as its king. This led to a number of territorial disputes among the gods. Poseidon vied with Athena to be patron deity of Athens. The god demonstrated his power and benevolence by striking the Acropolis with his three-pronged spear, which caused a spring of salt water to emerge. The people didn't like the taste of the salty water, therefore chose Athena as their ruler. Athena gave them an olive tree. The three gods divided up creation.

Zeus became ruler of the sky, Hades got dominion of the Underworld and Poseidon was given all water. Poseidon was the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. He had five siblings: Zeus, Hades, Demeter, Hera, and Hestia. He was the son of Cronus and Rhea. The Romans' name for Poseidon was Neptune.

His wife was Amphitrite, daughter of Nereus and Doris.

He was further regarded as the creator of the horse, and was accordingly believed to have taught men the art of managing horses by the bridle, and to have been the originator and protector of horse races. Why Medusa became a monster? Did you know... Poseidon and Medusa had a brief history. In fact, Poseidon was part of the reason why Medusa was turned into a monster by Athena.
So, the story goes like this... ... ... ... They got too intimate on the floor of Athena's temple... This made Athena really angry, because it was disrespectful towards her. This is why she turned Medusa into a monster. Lika's interpretation of Neptune Oh and by the way, Medusa became pregnant... The ancient Greeks celebrated the god through the Istmian Games which were held every two years.
Among these competitions were: Chariot races, Pankration, Wrestling ,Musical and poetical contests Like his brothers and sisters, Poseidon was born full grown. His father, the Titan god Cronus, fearing a prophecy that one of his children would overthrow him, swallowed each of his newborn children to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy. All that is except the sixth born Zeus, who was hidden away by their mother, the goddess Rhea, and grew up to liberate his siblings by tricking Cronus into drinking an emetic that made him vomit them out.

Poseidon was relied upon by sailors for a safe voyage on the sea. Many men drowned horses in sacrifice of his honor. He lived on the ocean floor in a palace made of coral and gems and drove a chariot pulled by horses. However, Poseidon was a very moody divinity and his temperament could sometimes result in violence. When he was in a good mood, Poseidon created new lands in the water and a calm sea. In contrast, when he was in a bad mood, Poseidon would strike the ground with a trident and cause unruly springs and earthquakes, ship wrecks and drownings.
Myths often portray him as bad tempered and quick to anger. He sometimes resented Zeus and his greater power. Perhaps because of this, Poseidon does not live in Olympus but in an underwater palace off the eastern coast of Greece.

His lower position to Zeus made hm sensitive about his other rights. Poseidon involved himself in more arguments over city patronage than any other Oylmpian.
Poseidon possessed two palaces, the one was up in Mount Olympus and the other was located in the depths of the seas and was bejewelled with gold and precious gems. Usually Poseidon preferred to stay with his wife Amphitrite beneath the ocean.
Poseidon's symbols are... The trident, the fish, the dolphin, the horse,
and the bull. Thanks for listening to our presentation, hope you enjoyed it! :D Presented to you by: Lika Huang
Tina Wu She and Poseidon have two sons, Chrysaor
and Pegasus.
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