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  1. The Dirty Dozen The Greek Gods & Goddesses of Mount Olympus

  2. Zeus • ALIAS: Jupiter • BIO: King of the Gods. He is sometimes angry at the behaviour of gods and people, but he can also be a gentle and caring ruler. He has a weakness for beautiful women. • SYMBOLS: thunderbolt, shield, oak tree

  3. Poseidon • ALIAS: Neptune • BIO: Zeus’s brother, he is God of the ocean and earthquakes. He is most often associated with his trident in art – the famous three-pronged spear. • SYMBOLS: trident, horse, bull

  4. Hera • ALIAS: Juno • BIO: Zeus’s wife. Queen of the Gods, guardian of marriage. She is a great woman and diplomat. She is often jealous and nags her husband, but she is an excellent wife and teacher. • SYMBOLS: peacock, cow

  5. Athena • ALIAS: Minerva • BIO: Daughter of Zeus, she is the Goddess of war, wisdom, patriotism and good citizenship. She is the protector of her namesake city of Athens. • SYMBOLS: owl, shield, olive tree

  6. Apollo • ALIAS: Apollo • BIO: Son of Zeus, God of poetry, music, medicine and light. He is often associated with the sun. His chariot creates the sunrise everyday. • SYMBOLS: crow, laurel, dolphin, lyre

  7. Artemis • ALIAS: Diana • BIO: Apollo’s twin sister. Goddess of hunting and wild things. She is associated with the moon. She is sometimes called Cynthia. • SYMBOLS: stag, crescent, moon, cypress tree

  8. Hades • ALIAS: Pluto • BIO: God of the Underworld and brother of Zeus. • SYMBOLS: helmet, metal jewels

  9. Ares • ALIAS: Mars • BIO: Son of Zeus. Terrible God of War. • SYMBOLS: vulture, dog

  10. Hephaestus • ALIAS: Vulcan • BIO: Son of Zeus and Hera, the lame blacksmith and God of fire. • SYMBOLS: fire, the blacksmith’s hammer

  11. Aphrodite • ALIAS: Venus • BIO: Wife of Hephaestus, she is the Goddess of love and beauty. She is said to have been born in sea foam. Her sons are Eros (Cupid) and Aeneas, a mortal man. • SYMBOLS: dove, goose, sparrow, myrtle

  12. Hermes • ALIAS: Mercury • BIO: Son of Zeus and messenger of the Gods. He is also the God of science and invention. • SYMBOLS: wand, winged sandals, winged helmet

  13. Hestia • ALIAS: Vesta • BIO: Zeus’s sister. She is the Goddess of home and hearth. • SYMBOLS: hearth or fireplace

  14. Demeter • ALIAS: Ceres • BIO: Zeus’s sister. She is the very important Goddess of agriculture and grain. She is a kind of bond between Heaven and Earth. • SYMBOLS: wheat