12 major gods and godesses of Greek mythology

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Zeus

supreme ruler, lord of the sky, rain, and clouds, symbol is the thunderbold, married to hera but always cheats on her, breastplate is aegis, anial is the eagle, plant is the oak tree

Hades

roman name is pluto, god of wealth and the underworld, king of the dead, a just god but does not pity, married/raped persephone

Hera

sister and wife of Zeus, protects married woman even though zeus always cheats on her, punishes zeus' lovers, animals are the cow and the peacock

Poseidon

brother of zeus, king of the sea, gave the horse to humans, symbol is the trident, animal is the horse, "earth-shaker"

Athena

sprang from Zeus' head, goddess of city, protector of civilized life, goddess of wisdon and reasom, animal is the owl, plant is the olive tree, inventor of the bridle

Apollo

artemis' twin brother, most cultured of the gods, archer god, plays the lyre, taught men healing arts, god of light and truth, plant is the laurel, animals are the dolphin and the crow

Artemis

apollo's twin sister, goddess of wild things, goddess of the hunt, protector of youth, goddess of night and the moon, animal is the deer, plant is the cypress

Aphrodite

goddess of love and beauty, laughter loving, sprang from the sea, wife of hephaestus, animal is the dove, plant is the myrtle

Hermes

god of commerce and the market, protector of travelers and traders,the messenger god, guides the dead to hades, has winged sandals

Ares

god of war, gods don't like him very much, cowardly, animals are the vulture and the dog

Hephaestus

god of fire, disfigured and ugly, a workman, armorer, and smith to the immortals, kind and peace loving, protector of the craftsmen

Hestia

sister of zeus, goddess of the hearth, symbol of the home

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