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Transcript of Poseidon/Neptune
Neptune and Poseidon are the names of gods of the sea that look very similar. In fact, many people consider them to be the same and just two names for a single god of water or the oceans. If you search online, you will find that many websites make use of a slash in between the two names indicating the fact that they represent the same deity of the ocean or sea. However, despite similarities, there are subtle differences between the two deities.
Neptune vs Posiedon
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Neptune was originally called Poseidon and is the second-born son of Cronus, ruler of the race of gods known as the Titans, and his wife, the Titan-goddess of fertility, Rhea. Fearing that he would be dethroned by one of his offspring just as he had overthrown his own father Ouranos, Cronus imprisoned each of his own offspring in Tartarus, the darkest section of Hades, the Olympian underworld, as soon as he or she was born. Appalled, the children’s mother Rhea gave birth to Zeus without Cronus’s knowledge and gave him to the primeval Earth goddess Gaea to be raised in secret. The adult Zeus freed his siblings and led them in a successful revolt against Cronus and the Titans.
Poseidon vs Athena
Athena became the patron goddess of the city of Athens after a competition with Poseidon. They agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and the Athenians would choose whichever gift they preferred. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a spring sprung up; the water was salty and not very useful, whereas Athena offered them an olive tree. The Athenians (or their king, Cecrops) accepted the olive tree and along with it Athena as their patron, for the olive tree brought wood, oil and food. After the fight, infuriated at his loss, Poseidon sent a monstrous flood to the Attic Plain, to punish the Athenians for not choosing him.
Neptune was known to the ancient Romans as their sea god. Neptune was the brother of Pluto and Jupiter and also called a horse god as is evident from the manner in which he was revered by those involved with horse racing. Neptune is always identified with the Greek god Poseidon.
Greek mythology has a god of the seas called Poseidon who happens to be one of the 12 Olympian gods. He is depicted as a child of Cornus and Rhea with Zeus and Hades as his brothers and Hestia, Demeter, and Hera being his sisters.The animals he loved were dolphins and horses, and he is believed to have sent the first horse to earth.
Poseidon became the king of the seas after Zeus overthrew Cronus and the three brothers divided sky, earth, and sea among themselves. Poseidon has been shown to have a bad temper, and he floods places to take revenge on people if they do not follow his orders.
• Neptune is the name of the god of the sea in Roman mythology whereas Poseidon is the name of the sea god in Greek mythology.
• It made sense for the ancient Greeks and Romans to have water gods as their populations were dependent upon seas and oceans.
• Romans adopted the Greek god Poseidon but changed the name to Neptune.
Parents Cronus, Rhea
Siblings Zeus, Hades, Hera, Demeter, Hestia
Children Triton, Rhode, Theseus, Pelias, Neleus, Orion, Hippothoon, Nauplius, Arion, Chrysaor, Pegasus, Polyphemus, Alebion, Bergion, Otos, Ephialtae, and many more…
Enemies The entire city of Troy
Poseidon Making Heroes
Poseidon was the father of many heroes. He is thought to have raped Aethra thus fathering the famed Theseus. A mortal woman named Tyro was married to Cretheus (with whom she had one son, Aeson) but loved Enipeus, a river god. She pursued Enipeus, who refused her advances. One day, Poseidon, filled with lust for Tyro, disguised himself as Enipeus and from their union were born the heroes Pelias and Neleus, twin boys. Poseidon had an affair with Alope, his granddaughter through Cercyon, begetting the Attic hero Hippothoon. Cercyon had his daughter buried alive but Poseidon turned her into the spring, Alope, near Eleusis.
Neptune wields a 6' 5'' enchanted trident made for him by the Cyclopes, one-eyed giants who were trapped in Tartarus along with Neptune by Cronus (see comments). The trident is composed of Adamantine metal that is found in the Olympian dimension and is possessed of mystical properties. The trident allows Neptune to control any body of water. With the trident he is capable of the creation of water elementals, using water to speed ships and water vehicles, creating fog and storms of great intensity, causing tremendous tidal waves, and creating waves of water as transportation that propel him at fantastic speeds. Also, he can cause earthquakes by increasing water pressure.
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