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Greek council of gods.

The Olympians are the council of principal Greek and Roman deities, consisting of Zeus/Jupiter, Poseidon/Neptune, Hera/Juno, Athena/Minerva, Ares/Mars, Apollo, Artemis/Diana, Demeter/Ceres, Hephaestus/Vulcan, Aphrodite/Venus, Hermes/Mercury, and Dionysus/Bacchus or Hestia/Vesta.

First Generation Olympians

Also known as the Kronides, the first generation of Olympians are the six children of Kronos/Saturn and Rhea/Ops.

Second Generation Olympians

After the first war against the Titans, several gods assumed thrones on Olympus, mainly the children of Zeus.

Minor Olympians

After the Olympian victory in the second war against the Titans, some of the minor gods were granted positions on the divine council at Percy Jackson's request.

  • Hebe/Juventas: Goddess of Youth and Former Cupbearer of the Gods, daughter of Zeus and Hera.
  • Hecate/Trivia: Goddess of Magic and Witchcraft, daughter of Perses and Asteria.
  • Hypnos/Somnus: God of Sleep, son of Nyx/Nox and Erebos/Scotus.
  • Iris/Arcus: Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger of Olympus, daughter of Thaumas and Electra.
  • Nemesis/Invidia: Goddess of Retribution and Balance, daughter of Erebos and Nyx.
  • Nike/Victoria: Goddess of Victory and Divine Charioteer of Zeus, daughter of Pallas and Styx.
  • Tyche/Fortuna: Goddess of Luck and Fortune, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.
  • Triton/: Messenger God of the Seas and God of the navy, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite/Salacia.

Changes in the Guard

Although they are technically Olympians, Hades did not hold a throne on Olympus before the conclusion of the Second Titan War and Hestia renounced her throne when Dionysus was made a god to avoid conflict among the council. To give amnesty and recognition to them, thrones were granted to several among the minor gods. Each of the Olympian counsellors is represented by a cabin at Camp Half-Blood.

Major Olympians

Greek Name Roman Name Description
Aphrodite Venus Goddess of Love and Beauty
Apollo Apollo God of Music, Truth and Prophecy, Healing and Plague, Archery, Reason, the Sun and Light, Poetry, and Dance
Ares Mars God of War, Courage, Bloodlust and Rage
Artemis Diana Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon
Athena Minerva Goddess of Wisdom, Arts, Crafts, Defensive Warfare and Strategy
Demeter Ceres Goddess of Agriculture and Harvest
Dionysus Bacchus God of Wine, Madness and Ecstasy
Hades Pluto God of the Dead and Riches
Hephaestus Vulcan God of the Forge, Blacksmiths, Volcanoes and Fire
Hera Juno Goddess of Marriage, Women, Family, Childbirth and Queen of the Gods
Hermes Mercury Messenger of the Gods, God of Merchants, Travel and Thieves
Hestia Vesta Goddess of the Hearth, Home and Family
Poseidon Neptune God of the Sea, Horses, and Earthquakes
Zeus Jupiter God of the Sky, Thunder, Lightning, Justice, Honor, Kingship; Lord of Olympus

Minor Olympians

Greek Name Roman Name


Hebe Juventas Goddess of Youth and Former Cupbearer of the Gods
Hecate Trivia Goddess of Magic, Witchcraft, Sorcery, the Mist, and Crossroads
Hypnos Somnus God of Sleep
Iris Arcus Goddess of Rainbows and Messenger of Olympus
Nemesis Invidia Goddess of Retribution and Balance
Nike Victoria Goddess of Victory and Divine Charioteer
Tyche Fortuna Goddess of Luck and Fortune
Triton Triton Messenger God of the Sea and God of the Navy


As gods, the Olympians, and in particular the twelve council members, have extremely diverse personality traits that coincide with the realms and/or concepts that they represent. For instance, Zeus is typically stern, to the point, often abrupt, and authoritative, which coincides with his being the ruler of the sky and the king of the gods. His sister, Demeter, on the other hand, is shown to have a motherly, fussy, overbearing demeanor with an inordinate obsession with agriculture and related products. Hades is often bitter, angry, and resentful, which humans typically view as an attitude appropriate to the dead.

The twelve main Olympians do share several traits, however. The first and most important is that they are all easily offended. Almost all of the gods that so much as sense a slight against them tend to react ominously. Dionysus is often described as having purple flames appear in his eyes, and Hermes at one point transformed his caduceus into a cattle-prod when angered.

Each Olympian is also to some degree dismissive of the needs and desires of other gods, especially when they conflict with their own. Aphrodite was willing to allow Artemis to remain kidnapped, as she represented chastity and freedom from romantic love. Hera showed a similar disregard for certain elements of her family that threatened to unbalance her perfect family image.


  • It is said that the gods are strongest during the Summer and Winter Solstice. This is because on these days the gods all gather together on Olympus. However, Hades is only invited on the Winter Solstice to help fend off evil forces when they are at their strongest but this may have changed after The Last Olympian.
  • All of the second-generation Olympians except Aphrodite are children of Zeus.
    • Depending on the myth, Aphrodite was created either by Kronos throwing Ouranos' remains into the sea, or by being the daughter of Zeus and Dione.
  • When Roman the Olympians become more militaristic, harsher, disciplined and warlike. These are traits usually linked to the Roman Empire.
  • Lupa and Janus are part of the Roman Olympians but not the Greek.
  • Artemis, Athena and Hestia are all Olympians and virgin goddesses.


See Also

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Secondary Characters: Sally Jackson | Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Ethan Nakamura
Minor Characters: Gabe Ugliano | Frederick Chase | Michael Yew | May Castellan | Austin Lake | Kayla Knowles | Maria di Angelo | Will Solace
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
Mythical Creatures: Minotaur | Centaur | Furies | Satyr | Cyclops | Manticore | Ophiotaurus | Nemean Lion | Empousa
Related Content: Rick Riordan | The Lightning Thief (film) | Sea of Monsters (film) | The Demigod Files | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Heroes of Olympus | The Trials of Apollo | Disney+ Series
The Heroes of Olympus
Core Series: The Lost Hero | The Son of Neptune | The Mark of Athena | The House of Hades | The Blood of Olympus
Main Characters: Jason Grace | Piper McLean | Leo Valdez | Percy Jackson | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Annabeth Chase | Reyna Ramírez-Arellano | Nico di Angelo | Gleeson Hedge
Secondary Characters: Hylla Ramírez-Arellano | Dakota | Tyson | Ella | Octavian | Halcyon Green | Dr. Howard Claymore | Alabaster C. Torrington | Lamia | Iapetus/Bob
Minor Characters: Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Grover Underwood | Thalia Grace | Fleecy | Mrs. O'Leary | Kinzie | Arion | Calypso | Lou Ellen Blackstone | Chiron | Will Solace | Tristan McLean | Don | Julia | Jacob | Michael Varus | Burly Black | Medea | Midas | Lityerses | Phineas | Otrera | Echo | Narcissus | Sciron | Pasiphaë
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Hades | Ares | Demeter | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus
Minor Gods: Achelous | Aeolus | Asclepius | Boreas | Eurus | Hecate | Iris | Hypnos | Keto | Khione | Kymopoleia | Mithras | Nemesis | Nike | Notus | Phorcys | Serapis | Thanatos | Triptolemus | Zephyros
Roman Gods: Jupiter | Juno | Neptune | Pluto | Mars | Minerva | Ceres | Lupa | Bellona | Fortuna | Janus | Terminus | Vulcan | Mercury | Apollo (Roman) | Diana | Venus | Bacchus | Pomona | Aquilon | Hercules | Cupid | Auster | Favonius | Letus | Victoria
Giants: Enceladus | Porphyrion | Alcyoneus | Polybotes | Ephialtes | Otis | Damasen | Clytius | Mimas | Orion | Hippolytos | Thoon | Periboia
Undead: Gray | Zombie
Primordial Gods: Gaea | Tartarus | Ourae | Nyx | Chaos | Ouranos | Akhlys | Hemera | Elpis | Spes
Monsters and Magical Creatures: Cynocephali | Gorgon | Gryphon | Harpy | Basilisk | Lycanthrope | Gegeines | Cyclops | Katobleps | Unicorn | Giant Eagle | Ichthyocentaur | Satyr/Faun | Storm Spirit | Laistrygonian Giant | Lares
Related Content: Rick Riordan | Haley Riordan | Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide | The Demigod Files | The Demigod Diaries | The Son of Sobek | The Singer of Apollo | The Staff of Serapis | Percy Jackson's Greek Gods | Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes | The Crown of Ptolemy | Demigods & Magicians | Demigods of Olympus | Percy Jackson Demigod Collection
The Trials of Apollo
Core Series: The Hidden Oracle | The Dark Prophecy | The Burning Maze | The Tyrant's Tomb | The Tower of Nero
Main Characters: Apollo/Lester Papadopolous | Meg McCaffrey | Peaches | Leo Valdez | Calypso | Grover Underwood | Piper McLean | Jason Grace | Reyna Ramírez-Arellano | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Nico di Angelo | Will Solace | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Secondary Characters: Percy Jackson | Chiron | Austin Lake | Kayla Knowles | Hemithea | Josephine | Georgina | Lityerses | Trophonius | Gleeson Hedge | Mellie | Chuck Hedge | Medea | Herophile | Crest | Lavinia Asimov | Don | Tyson | Ella | Tarquin | Luguselwa | Claudia | Janice | Blaise
Minor Characters: Sally Jackson | Thalia Grace | Mrs. O'Leary | Festus | Cade | Mikey | Harley | Connor Stoll | Miranda Gardiner | Cecil Markowitz | Ellis Wakefield | Sherman Yang | Damien White | Malcolm Pace | Paolo Montes | Valentina Diaz | Germani | Agamethus | Olujime | Phillip McCaffrey | Hunter Kowalski | Sssssarah | Prickly Pear | Aloe Vera | Joshua | Naevius Sutorius Macro | Incitatus | Tristan McLean | Bombilo | Aurum | Argentum | Julia | Jacob | Poison Oak | Screech-Bling | Annabeth Chase | Elon | Mamurius Veturius | Mimi
Olympian Gods (Greek & Roman): Zeus/Jupiter | Hera/Juno | Poseidon/Neptune | Demeter/Ceres | Ares/Mars | Athena/Minerva | Apollo/Apollo (Roman) | Artemis/Diana | Hephaestus/Vulcan | Aphrodite/Venus | Hermes/Mercury | Dionysus/Bacchus | Hades/Pluto
Minor Gods: Nero | Commodus | Caligula | Iris | Britomartis | Styx | Terminus | Lupa | Terpsichore | Harpocrates | Cardea
Titans: Rhea | Leto | Mnemosyne | Helios
Monsters and Magical Creatures: Python | Nosoi | Karpoi | Palikos | Myrmekes | Colossus Neronis | Blemmyae | Gryphon | Carthaginian Serpent | Scythian Dracaena | Cynocephali | Centaur | Cyclops | Yale | Satyr/Faun | Strix | Dryad | Dragon | Pandai | Eurynomos | Skeleton Warriors | Zombie | Raven | Amphisbaena | Troglodyte | Tauri Sylvestres
Related Content: Rick Riordan | Percy Jackson and the Olympians | The Heroes of Olympus | Demigods & Magicians | Camp Half-Blood Confidential | Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio's Journal | Percy Jackson Demigod Collection | Un Natale Mezzosangue