One of the Twelve , he was also feared as the provoker of earthquakes and worshipped as the creator of the horse. Another one who offended the god was Inachus who, according to Apollodorus, testified that the land of Argos belonged to after the gods were involved in a dispute. The Magical World of Myth and Legend The Short Story and Myth of Poseidon, God of the Sea The myth about Poseidon, God of the Sea is featured in the book entitled Greek Gods, Heroes and Men by Caroline H. When Zeus grew oldenough he tricked his father into disgorging his siblings and theyall re-appeared, unharmed. .
As god of horses, Poseidon often adopted the shape of a steed. Both of them gave the city a gift. Poseidon vied with Athena to be patron deity of Athens. And, much like him, he was not exactly loved back by them. In the coastal city of Corinth, in the northern Mediterranean, Poseidon was the god of the people. It is said that when Poseidon was born his mother declared to Cronus that she had given birth to a horse, giving him a foal to swallow rather than the child. She then gave birth to twin-boys Pelias and Neleus who were known to be famous greek heroes.
Later, he was summoned to the assembly with the rest of the immortals where Zeus gave them a choice to pick a side and fight for them if they wish to do so. He, as all Greek gods, can fly, teleport, shapeshift, and does not need to breathe. As a result, — even against the advice of — fought on the Greek side during the , sending a sea monster named to torment the Trojans. In Greek mythology, Poseidon was born to his father, Cronos, and his mother, Rhea. Poseidon was also very lustful and selfish when it came to women. When he did so, he appeared to her in the form of a golden shower.
Zeus drew the skies, Hades the underworld, and Poseidon the seas. And he ceded to the request of the maiden Caenis that she be transformed into the invulnerable, male warrior Caeneus. Demter then gave birth to goddess Desponia and variously to Arion, a horse with the ability to speak human language. Hades and his brothers and defeated their father and the to end their reign, claiming rulership over the cosmos. It is also said that Alope was then turned, by the god, into a spring near Eleusis.
Zeus was the King of Greek gods. Athena later cursed Medusa by changing her into a monster. He also fathered Polyphemus with the sea-nymph called Thoosa and Euphemus with Europe. Even the famous Greek military commander and world-conqueror, Alexander the Great, according to one account, sacrificed a chariot and its four horses by ordering them tossed into the sea in an effort to curry the favor of Poseidon. His oversight What did Poseidon have to do with Athens? But when Perseus later killed the Gorgon, the winged horse Pegasus sprang from her severed neck.
He was at Mount Olympus more often than his palace. The two gods took the likeness of men and performed the task, but upon completion the Trojan King Laomedon refused to pay their wages. Emerging victorious after the ensuing battle, Poseidon, Zeus and Hades drew lots to divide up the world they had gained. When the walls were built, the king refused to pay the god and therefore Poseidon flooded the region and sent an enormous sea-monster to ravage the lands of Troy. With their new weapons and help from enemies of Cronus, they were able to defeat and imprison the titans. Other myths The god was also involved in other myths such as the war of the , the great flood and even the plot of the gods against Zeus. Zeus is known as the father of gods and men.
In hopes of hiding from him, Demeter turned herself into a mare and joined a herd of horses — however, Poseidon was smart enough to figure this out and turned himself into a stallion. 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. He is often described as a strong, imposing man with a regal body and long, often curly, hair. Poseidon and Athena The god of the sea was also greedy — especially when it came to earthly kingdoms. Some of these were like the Tritons, half human and half fish.
In Greek mythology, Poseidon was famous for being the god of the sea. Because blinded the Cyclops Polyphemus, who was Poseidon's son, the god not only delayed the hero's homeward return from the Trojan War but caused him to face enormous perils. The Romans' name for Poseidon was Neptune. Athena, however, planted an olive tree, which was seen as a more useful favor. Even though Poseidon had a magnificent palace on the ocean floor made of coral and gems, still he spent a considerable amount of his time participating in the daily intrigues, and partying at Olympus, home of the ancient gods. According to most versions of the story, Rhea saved her son from being eaten by his father when he was born. It was then when he agreed to take part in Hera's plot to decieve Zeus.
Finally, Poseidon figures prominently in the story of the Minotaur. Poseidon once had a quarrel with one of the goddesses over a piece of land which each one wished to own, and at last they asked the other gods to settle the dispute for them. There is only one reference to this divide, by Homer in the Iliad. The flowers were of the softest and most delicate tints, and were far more beautiful than those growing in the light of the sun. Poseidon had married Nereus's daughter, the sea-nymph Amphitrite. You prayed to Poseidon for water.