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Unraveling the Mythological Legacy of Poseidon

Many know Poseidon as ruler of the oceans, however, there is a lot more to his legacy. Greek mythology is based on Greek gods and goddesses, which include Hera, Hades, Athena, Zeus, Hermes, Persephone, and many more.

Poseidon is the god of the seas and floods, as well as the god of storms. Some might even call him the bringer of earthquakes and destruction. He is a key figure in the battle over Olympus and for total control over the universe against the Titans.

Greek mythology illustrates Poseidon as a mature and bearded man holding a trident. He is frequently sculpted riding his golden chariot and being pulled by some hippocamps (half-horse, half-serpent sea creatures), dolphins, seahorses, fish, and other marine animals. Perhaps the most celebrated representation of Poseidon is his bronze statue measuring two meters in height (6.5 feet). This was located in a shipwreck off the coast of Cape Artemisium in Greece.

Poseidon had multiple family members and they never got along on many occasions. When Poseidon's brother Zeus, god of lightning, was crowned ruler of Olympus, not everyone was content. Poseidon, with the help of Hera and Athena, planned to overthrow Zeus. However, they failed to overthrow him. As punishment for his treachery, Poseidon was forced to make the magnificent wall of Troy.

Poseidon’s wife, Amphitrite, was not on board with most of Poseidon’s plans. During the courting process, she was not interested in him and even fled to the city of Atlantis. Fortunately, Poseidon was helped by Delphius the Dolphin, who convinced Amphritrite to return to Poseidon and marry him.

Another goddess that Poseidon had major conflicts with was Athena, the goddess of war. Athena and Poseidon fought over who got control over the city of Athens. Poseidon gifted the city of Athens a saltwater spring and a singular horse. However, Athena pleased the Athenians more with the gift of an olive tree. This made the people of Athens want to have Athena as their ruler over Poseidon. Still, they hosted the Poseideai festival, which perhaps had more to do with agriculture than the seas at all. Every attempt to gain power that Poseidon tried had failed for now.

Although Poseidon is known for his treachery, the punishments he received helped build famous statues and monuments. Without Poseidon, many events and battles illustrated in Greek Mythology would not exist.

[Source: worldhistory.org]

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