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The Olympian Council

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, Dionysus/or Hestia.

First Generation Olympians

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

  • Hestia: Goddess of the Hearth and Home.
  • Demeter: Goddess of Agriculture, Harvest and Seasons.
  • Hera: Goddess of Marriage, Women, Family; Queen of Olympus.
  • Hades: God of the Dead, Wealth, and Lord of the Underworld.
  • Poseidon: God of the Seas, Earthquakes, and Horses; King of Atlantis.
  • Zeus: Lord of the Sky, King of the Gods: King of Olympus.

Second Generation Olympians

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

  • Apollo: God of the Sun, Medicine, Music, and Prophecy; son of Zeus and Leto.
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty, daughter of Ouranos.
  • Ares: God of War, son of Zeus and Hera.
  • Artemis: Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt, daughter of Zeus and Leto.
  • Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, War, and Strategy, daughter of Zeus and Metis.
  • Dionysus: God of Wine and Madness, son of Zeus and Semele.
  • Hephaestus: God of Blacksmiths and Fire, son of Zeus and Hera.
  • Hermes: God of Thieves, Travelers, Merchants and Messenger of the Gods, son of Zeus and Maia.

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.

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, Prophecy, Medicine, and the Sun
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

Minor Olympians

Greek Name Roman Name Description
Hebe Juventas Goddess of Youth and Former Cupbearer of the Gods
Hecate Trivia Goddess of Magic 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

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.

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