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Family Tree of the Greek Gods

This is an accurate description of the Greek God's family tree.
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Chase Smith

on 1 June 2011

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Family Tree of the Greek Gods The very first being in Greek mythology was Chaos. Chaos had five children... Gaia was the eldest of these children.
She was called "Mother Earth". Tartarus is second oldest. It is the lowest
point in the underworld, and where all monsters go
when they die. If Hell had a Hell,
this would be it. Eros, the third child of Chaos, is the winged God of love in Ancient Greece. Some people believe that Eros didn't come from Chaos, but was a son/lover of Aphrodite. Eros is better known by his Roman name... Cupid The fourth child of Chaos is Erebus.
The "embodiment of primordial darkness." (Not a real picture of Erebus.) Chaos's last child was Nyx, the Goddess of night. She is the sister of Erebus. Her daughter is Hemera, the "embodiment of the day." Nyx Hemera On her own, Gaea gave birth to the mountains and the seas. Then she gave birth to Uranus, the Heaven (skies). Gaea and Uranus became mates and together they created twelve Titans, three Cyclops, and three Hecatoncheires (Giants with 100 hands and fifty heads each). The most important of the twelve Titan children were... Cronus, the youngest, weakest, and smartest of the twelve Titans. He was the leader of the Titans and the father of the Olympian Gods. Rhea, the queen of the Titans, and the wife of her brother Cronus. Iapetus, the Titan of mortality. He is the husband of the Nymph Clymene, and the father of the Titans Atlas, Prometheus, Epimethius, and Menoetius. He is said to be the ancestor of the human race. Atlas was the Titan of Astronomy and, according to the legend, was punished by the Olympian Gods to hold up the sky. Promethius was said to be the creator and fire bearer of mankind. Oceanus, the eldest Titan child of Gaea and Uranus.
The ruler of the oceans and the origin of all things and of all deities, says Homer, a Greek Philosopher. Uranus became scared that his children might overthrow him, so one by one he pushed his children back into the womb of Gaea. Gaea was very upset about the loss of her children, so in the end she handed a sickle to Cronus, in order to castrate Uranus.

Cronus castrated Uranus while he was sleeping. The blood from Uranus was gathered by Gaea and she used it to create Furies, Giants, and Melian nymphs. Cronus then threw Uranus's genitals into the sea, around which sea foam developed, they started in Kythera and then slowly spread to the island of Paphos. In Paphos, the foams morphed into Aphrodite, the Olympian goddess of Love and Beauty. After rescuing his brothers and sisters, Cronus and the Titans ruled the Cosmos. Cronus and Rhea then gave birth to six Olympian Gods... Hestia, the Greek Goddess of the Hearth, Home, and Family, was the oldest of the Olympian Gods. Hades, the Ruler of the Underworld, and Lord of the Dead. One of the "Big Three." Demeter, the Goddess of Agriculture and Vegetation, was the second daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She was most appreciated for introducing wheat to mankind. Which "made man different from animal." Posiedon was the God of the Seas, Horses, and Earthquakes. He was said to be very ill-tempered and, once insulted, would avenge himself. Hera was the Goddess of Marriage and Family, and the protector of married women. She was the sister and wife of... Zeus. The God of the skies and King of the Gods. Although he was the youngest, Zeus was undoubtedly the most powerful. Cronus feared exactly what his father feared, and so he ordered his wife Rhea to feed him each child. She followed his order and one-by-one Cronus swallowed each child whole. Rhea was not pleased with this so when it came time to present the final God, Zeus, she instead gave Cronus a rock, which he swallowed whole.

When Zeus grew older, he stole the sickle Cronus used to castrate Uranus, and cut open Cronus's stomache in order to rescue his brothers and sisters that had been growing inside him. This began the war between the Titans and the Gods that was known as "Titanomachy." The Gods won the "Titanomachy" war and began their rule on Mount Olympus. Zeus had many children, but not just with Hera. He had multiple affairs with other Goddesses, nature spirits, and even mortal women. Ares, the God of War, was the son of Zeus and Hera, and the half-brother of Athena. Apollo and Artemis, twin Gods. Apollo was the God of the sun, the light, the music and the prophecy. Artemis was the Goddess of the hunt and the moon, and the protector of "expectant" women and the young.

They are the children of Zeus and Leto. There is a conflict, however, about Leto. Some say she was a mortal, and others say she was a Titaness. Either way, she is their mother. Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Battle. The half-sister of Ares. Athena was born from the head of Zeus, dressed in full battle armor. She had no mother. Dionysus was the God of Wine, Joy, and Theatre, and a lover of peace. He was a child of Zeus and the mortal princess Semele. Even though his mother was mortal, Dionyus was NOT a
Demi-God. He was an immortal. Hephaestus was the God of Metallurgy ( a science that deals with extracting ores from metal), fire, and the Blacksmith of the Olympian Gods.

He was married to Aphrodite, but she never devoted herself entirely to him. He was a loveable and very kind God, but was the only God that was "physically ugly". When his mother, Hera, saw him for the first time, she threw him off of Mount Olympus. He landed in the sea where he lived for nine years.

Because of his phisical appearance, he spends his time in his forge underneath a volcano, forging thunderbolts for his "master" Zeus.

Hephaestus is also famous for creating the world's first women, Pandora. Pandora Hermes was the God of the Trade, and Eloquence, and was a "luck-bringing messenger of the Gods."

Hermes is the son of Zeus and the mountain Nymph Maea (who was a daughter of Atlas). As you can see, this is one of the biggest Family Trees in history, real or not. The legend of the Greek Gods is full of betrayal, hate, love, fear, sacrifice, and so on. I'm sure that a lot of you will think that there is a lot of insest in here, well you're wrong. They may call each other "brother", "sister", "mother", "father", etc. But they have no DNA. THE GREEK GODS ARE NOT HUMAN. So please, as you are going through this, BE MATURE. THE END A Prezi by Chase Smith
and
Jacquie Mccrea Works cited:
Most, if not all, of this information was aquired from:
Greek-Gods.Info

What was not obtained from the above website was accesed from prior knowledge.
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