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Olympus is the home of the Olympian gods.
Originally located on Mount Olympus in Greece, it has steadily moved over to the west, following Western Civilization over the centuries, as Chiron explains in the very first book, The Lightning Thief. It had been in central Europe for about 500 years and is now in the United States of America. Instead of being located on a physical mountain, it is a metaphysical duplicate. This mountain does not connect with the ground and cannot be detected by mortals due to the Mist, but is connected to the mortal world by a space elevator. It is said to be hovering above the Empire State building. It possibly exists in another dimension, due to its floating with its great mass over a mortal city undetected. At the top of it is a large city containing the palaces for the Olympian gods, goddesses, and residences for many minor gods, other creatures and beings of Greek mythology.
It is here that the gods commune, each having a massive throne, which are collectively arranged in a reversed U shape. It also houses some of the minor gods and magical creatures, such as the Ophiotaurus. Although it used to actually be located at the peak of Mount Olympus, it is now on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, having moved with Western Civilization. The only mortal way to get up to Mount Olympus is pass a security guard in the lobby, who won't let you pass unless you have special authorization. Olympus is described as a paradise, with golden palaces, parks, and streets bustling with minor gods, godlings, nature spirits and demigods. Alongside the gods live hundreds of other creatures and beings.
Most gods live on Olympus, but a few others prefer to tend to their native kingdoms, like Hades and Poseidon, though Poseidon has a throne in the council while Hades does not. However, after the events of The Last Olympian, Hades now has a throne.
As the seat of power of the Olympian gods it is of vital importance. Should the thrones be destroyed, Olympus would crumble and the power of the gods would be severely weakened, making them vulnerable to their enemies. In theory, if it were destroyed and the Olympians regained enough strength, it could be reformed. In the meantime, they would be vulnerable to their enemies. It is unknown how the destruction of Olympus would affect the minor gods.
Following the conclusion of the Second Titan War, Annabeth Chase was given the honor of redesigning the destroyed Olympus. Olympus has also been known as the place where many important decisions are decided.
The Major Olympians
These gods are the greatest and most powerful of ancient Greece.
|Greek name||English name||Roman Name||Description|
|Αφροδιτη (Aphroditê)||Aphrodite||Venus||Goddess of Love and Beauty|
|Απολλων (Apollôn)||Apollo||Apollo||God of the Sun, Music, Prophecy, and Medicine|
|Αρης (Arês)||Ares||Mars||God of War|
|Αρτεμις (Artemis)||Artemis||Diana||Goddess of the Hunt, Wilderness, Moon and Chastity|
|Αθηνη (Athênê)||Athena||Minerva||Goddess of Wisdom, Warfare, Strategy and the Arts|
|Δημητηρ (Dêmêtêr)||Demeter||Ceres||Goddess of the Harvest, Agriculture, Fertility, and Seasons|
|Διονυσος (Dionysos)||Dionysus||Bacchus||God of Wine, Madness, Ecstasy, and Parties|
|ᾍδης (Hades)||Hades||Pluto||God of the Underworld, the Dead, and Wealth|
|Ήφαιστος (Hēphaistos)||Hephaestus||Vulcan||God of Fire, Forge, Craftsmen, and blackmiths|
|Ήρα (Hēra)||Hera||Juno||Goddess of Marriage and Motherhood, Queen of the Gods|
|Ερμής (Hērmēs)||Hermes||Mercury||God of Dexterity, Thieves, Speed, and Travel: Messenger of Olympus|
|Ἑστια (Hestia)||Hestia||Vesta||Goddess of the Hearth, Fire, Family, and Home|
|Ποσειδων (Poseidôn)||Poseidon||Neptune||God of the Sea, Earthquakes, Storms, and Horses|
|Ζευς (Zeus)||Zeus||Jupiter||God of the Sky, Lightning, Thunder, and King of the Gods|
The Minor Olympians
Although they are not as renowned as the classical Olympians, the minor gods of Olympus are still acknowledged and respected ever since they were given their thrones at the end of the Second Titan War.
|Greek name||English name||Roman name||Description|
|Ἡβη (Hêbê)||Hebe||Juventas||Goddess of Youth and Former Cupbearer of the Gods|
|Ἑκατη (Hekatê)||Hecate||Trivia||Goddess of Magic, Witchcraft, and Crossroads|
|Ὑπνος (Hypnos)||Hypnos||Somnus||God of Sleep|
|Ιρις (Iris)||Iris||Arcus||Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger of the Gods|
|Νεμεσις (Nemesis)||Nemesis||Invidia||Goddess of Retribution, Balance, and Revenge|
|Νικη (Nikê)||Nike||Victoria||Goddess of Victory and Divine Charioteer|
|Τυχη (Tykhê)||Tyche||Fortuna||Goddess of Luck and Fortune|
Percy Jackson returns Zeus' Master Bolt during the summer solstice and has his first encounter with his father, Poseidon and his uncle Zeus. Percy describes the throne room as making Grand Central Station look like a broom closet. Percy also says that he cannot believe that it is 300 feet in the air, just hovering above Manhattan.
On Olympus, the gods voted whether or not to kill Percy and Thalia and also to figure out what to do about the Ophiotaurus and Kronos. The Ophiotauris was agreed to be kept in the throne room of Olympus. Once it was decided that Percy, Thalia and Bessie would be spared, the gods threw a spectacular party. With Percy stating: "There are normal parties. Then there are massive blow-out parties. Then there are Olympian parties. If you ever get a choice, go for the Olympian parties."
Percy, Annabeth Chase, Thalia Grace, Grover Underwood, Tyson, as well as other demigods and many hunters and nature spirits defended Olympus, and succeeded; however, it was damaged greatly by Kronos' attacks on the gods' thrones with his scythe. When Percy sees Olympus empty, he describes it as extremely depressing. They are later rewarded and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, was chosen to rebuild and redesign Olympus as its official architect which was her dream. Percy was offered immortality, but he refused.
- Olympus is said to be carried by the Anemos, Zephyrus.
- Olympus is an actual mountain in Greece. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border of Thessaly and Macedonia, and is the tallest mountain in Greece.
- In The Lightning Thief, the guard to Olympus is described as reading "a huge book with a wizard on the front", later confirmed to be describing a book from the Harry Potter series.