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Greek council of gods.

The Olympians are the council of principal Ancient Greek and Roman deities, consisting of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Athena, Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Demeter, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Dionysus or Hestia.

First Generation Olympians

Demeter : Goddess of the harvest, cycle of life and death, agriculture and the seasons.

Hades : God of the underworld, riches and lord of the dead and underground.

Hera : Goddess of marriage, women, motherhood, family and home

Hestia : Goddess of the hearth flame, goddess of family.

Poseidon: God of the seas, storms and earthquakes - father of horses.

Zeus: God of the sky, justice, lightning & thunder, the weather, king of Olympus.

Second Generation Olympians

Apollo : God of the sun, disease, healing, knowledge, archery and light

Ares : God of war, bloodlust, battle, violence, combat, anger

Artemis : Goddess of chastity, the hunt, the wilderness and archery

Athena : Goddess of war, battle and strategy, goddess of wisdom

Dionysus : God of wine and madness, god of vegetation and pleasure

Hephaestus : god of the forge, volcanoes, fire

Hermes : God of messengers, guide of the dead, god of thieves, language and athletics 

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: Goddess of Youth and Former Cupbearer of the Gods, daughter of Zeus and Hera.
  • Hecate: Goddess of Magic and Witchcraft, daughter of Perses and Asteria.
  • Hypnos: God of Sleep, son of Nyx and Erebos.
  • Iris: Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger of Olympus, daughter of Thaumas and Electra.
  • Nemesis: Goddess of Retribution and Balance, daughter of Erebos and Nyx .
  • Nike: Goddess of Victory and Divine Charioteer of Zeus, daughter of Pallas and Styx.
  • Tyche: 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.

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 a conflict among the council. To give amnesty and recognition to them, thrones were granted to several among the minor gods. Each of the Olympian counselors are 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, archery, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more.
Ares Mars God of War
Artemis Diana Goddess of the Hunt and Moon
Athena Minerva Goddess of Wisdom, Crafts, and Strategy
Demeter Ceres Goddess of Agriculture and Harvest
Dionysus Bacchus God of Wine, Madness and Ecstasy
Hades Pluto God of the Underworld and Wealth
Hephaestus Vulcan God of the Forge, Blacksmiths, and Fire
Hera Juno Goddess of Marriage and Queen of the Gods
Hermes Mercury Messenger of the Gods, God of Travel and Thieves
Hestia Vesta Goddess of the Hearth, Home, and Family
Poseidon Neptune God of the Sea and Earthquakes
Zeus Jupiter God of the Sky and King of Olympus


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

Personalities

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.

Trivia

  • 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 Last Olympian.
  • All the younger major olympians are children of Zeus

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