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Zeus

God of the Sky (Zoos) Distinguishing Features: Pinstriped suit, neatly trimmed grey beard, stormy eyes and a very large, dangerous lightning bolt. Now: On stormy days, he can be found brooding in his throne room in Mount Olympus, over the Empire State Building in New York. Sometimes he travels the world in disguise, so be nice to everyone! You never know when the next person you meet might be packing the master bolt. Then: In the old days, Zeus ruled over his unruly family of Olympians while they bickered and fought and got jealous of each other. Not much different than today, really. Zeus always had an eye for beautiful women, which often got him in trouble with his wife, Hera. A less-than-stellar father figure, Zeus once tossed Hera¶s son Hephaestus off the top of Mount Olympus because the baby was too ugly. Symbol: Eagle Roman name: Jupiter

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Hera

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Goddess of Marriage, Mothers and Families (Hair¶-ah) Distinguishing Features: Usually prefers classic Greek dresses and a simple silver crown, though she can blend in as needed. She usually appears as a beautiful older woman, and enjoys turning into birds when she needs to hide or spy. Now: She hangs out where family life is strongest: the car pool line at school, weekend soccer games, and birthday parties. That strange woman you saw at Laser Quest, serving pizza and singing Happ y Birthday? Yes, that was probably her. As the goddess of family, Hera will be happy to pack your lunch or comb your hair or give you a ride to school, but don¶t talk back to her. When Hera is mad, she doesn¶t just ground you. She¶s likely to smash you int o the ground. Then: It¶s tough to be the goddess of marriage in a family where everyone cheats on everybody. Hera has no patience with demigods, the children of godly affairs. She was the enemy of Heracles and many others, though she did have a soft spot for mortal heroes, like Jason. If an old woman asks you to carry her piggyback across a river, do it. You might win the favor of a goddess! Symbol: pomegranate, cow (the motherly animal ± no comments, please!), peacock

On his bad days. he caused minor problems like destroying cities with earthquakes or sinking entire fleets of ships. shorts. Now: Poseidon walks the beaches of Florida.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 3 (21) TypeDateHere Roman name: Juno y Poseidon God of the Sea (Po-sigh¶-dun) Distinguishing Features: Hawaiian shirt. flip flops. occasionally stopping to chat with fishermen or take pictures for tourists. On his good days. doesn¶t he? Symbol: Three-pointed trident Roman name: Neptune y Demeter . and a three-pointed trident. Then: Poseidon was always a moody guy. he stirs up a hurricane. a god has the right to throw a temper tantrum. he did cool stuff like create horses out of sea foam. But hey. If he¶s in a bad mood.

though you can often find her in gardening clothes. Hard to make a cheeseburger with no grain for bread and no grass for th e cows. But don¶t underestimate her importance. too) . When Hades stole her daughter Persephone. and people started starving. If you wanted to eat. where she oversees the growing season and produces commercials encouraging people to eat more cereal products (part of a balanced breakfast!). Corn plant (though popcorn works. you had to make sure you kept on Demeter¶s good side. Demeter stopped all plants from growing. He¶s still not good enough for Persephone. Now: Demeter divides her time between the upper world. and the Underworld. Symbol: Torch. Demeter was content. who kidnapped her poor little daughter eons ago. where she visits her daughter Persephone and plays the wicked mother -in-law to Hades. She should¶ve married the god of doctors! Then: Demeter was one of the quieter goddess. As long as the crops were growing and the farmers were happy.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 4 (21) TypeDateHere Goddess of Agriculture (Duh-mee¶-ter) Distinguishing Features: The goddess prefers simple dresses of green or gold.

a wild boar (the animal with the nastiest attitude) Roman name: Mars y Athena . but. Then: Back in the day. has been involved in every minor skirmish since Goldilocks told the three bears that their beds were a little uncomfy. Symbol: A bloody spear. this son of Zeus and Hera used to be inseparable from his shield and helmet. frankly.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 5 (21) TypeDateHere Roman name: Ceres y Ares God of War (Air¶-eez) Distinguishing Features: Biker leathers. One of those gods who could pick a fight in an empty room. sunglasses and a stinking attitude. Harley Davidson. Fought on the side of the Trojans during the war of Troy. Now: Can be found riding his Harley around the suburbs of LA.

She favors people who invent useful things.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 6 (21) TypeDateHere Goddess of Wisdom. Now: You¶re likely to spot Athena at an American university. Just ask Arachne. So start working on that revolutionary new bread slicer! Then: Athena was one of the most active goddesses in human affairs. She helped out Odysseus. then it¶s full body armor). Symbol: The owl . and Useful Arts (Ah-thee¶-nah) Distinguishing Features: Dark hair. There¶s no telling what she¶ll turn you into. sponsored the entire city of Athens and made sure the Greeks won the Trojan War. On the downside. striking grey eyes. who got turned into a spider for daring to compare her weaving skills to Athena¶s. her sacred (and fortunately housebroken) animal. DO NOT claim that you fix toilets better than Athena. sitting in on lectures about military history or technology. she¶s proud and has a big temper. Athena is always accompanied by at least one owl. War. So whatever you do. and will sometimes appear to reward them with magical gifts or bits of useful advice (like next week¶s lottery numbers). casual yet fashionable clothes (except when she¶s going into battle.

and I don¶t mean temperature. One time he asked King Midas to judge a contest between him and Pan. or hanging o ut at parties chatting with writers or rock stars. the laid back attitude. Apollo likes to look hot. He typically looks like a movie star with the fashionably shabby clothes. He likes to be the center of attention wherever he goes. and later on the god of the sun.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 7 (21) TypeDateHere Roman name: Minerva y Apollo God of archery. Seriously. as long as you agree that he¶s the coolest person on earth. poetry. Apollo didn¶t take criticism well. Just don¶t get him angry. Apollo gave the king donkey ears. Apollo took over that job too. though he was mostly thought of as the god of poetry and music. and the Ray Ban sunglasses. medicine. When the old sun god Helios retired. or he can get a little hot under the collar. prophecy. He¶s a nice enough guy. . music. probably because he thought he was better at everything than anyone else. and when Midas decided Pan¶s music was better. the brilliant smile. Now: Do NOT ask him to recite his poetry. Then: Apollo was into everything. from music to medicine. You can find Apollo cruising down Sunset Avenue looking cool. (Ah-paul¶-oh) Distinguishing Features: You¶ve got to dig the shades. His sun chariot morphs into a fine Maserati.

especially male fools. the hunt. and doesn¶t suffer fools. The goddess turned him into a deer and her hunters . Now: Artemis can be found roaming the countryside with her handmaidens. Don¶t get in their way. the Hunters of Artemis. but don¶t let that fool you. Artemis is deadly with her bow. Symbol: the lyre. Then: Artemis enjoyed hunting with her handmaidens and basically kept to herself unless she was bothered. These Girl Scouts do NOT sell cookies. think carefully before you answer. laurel wreath Roman name: Apollo (you can't improve on perfection. Her eyes are silver like the moon. Imagine an immortal. and don¶t try to flirt with them. very deadly Girl Scout troop. and young maidens (Ar¶-tem-iss) Distinguishing features: Artemis likes to appear as a regular mortal maiden of about twelve or thirteen. and she tends to dress in white and silver. baby!) y Artemis Goddess of the moon. Once a male hunter tried to spy on Artemis while she was bathing.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 8 (21) TypeDateHere The lesson: if someone asks your opinion. hunting monsters. on a permanent camp out.

massive powerful hands. Basically. the deer Roman name: Diana y Hephaestus God of blacksmiths and fire (Huh-fess¶tus) Distinguishing Features: Ugly face. Symbol: The moon. Now: The god likes to hang out in his workshop fixing cars and building inventions. Then: Poor Hephaestus was ugly from birth. He¶s not very good with people.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 9 (21) TypeDateHere tracked him down and killed him. scraggly beard. or a life-sized metal giant to stomp on your enemies. but he didn¶t get any prettier when his parents chucked him down the side of Mount Olympus. You want a robot to do your homework. but he can do anything with machines. she doesn¶t have much of a sens e of humor when it comes to peeping toms. making him a . Usually wears a mechanic¶s uniform with his name embroidered on the pocket so he doesn¶t forget who he is. Hephaestus can have one ready in a matter of hours.

It¶s hard to be more specific. really pretty. She loves parties. always on the lookout for that scoundrel Ares and anyone else who might want to flirt with his wife (which is basically every man with a pulse). you¶re probably right. Symbol: The anvil and hammer Roman name: Vulcan (no Star Trek jokes. because Aphrodite can change her appearance to become whatever you find most beautiful. but that didn¶t work out too well. Now: She¶s more beautiful than Angelina Jolie. If that sounds like a lot of people you know. He¶s not much to look at. Hephaestus is a jealous husband. and can¶t get enough of gossip. She can often be found shopping on Fifth Avenue or trying on new clothes during Fashion Week in New York. please) y Aphrodite Goddess of Love and Beauty ( -fro-d ¶-tee) Distinguishing Features: She¶s really. . but he¶s clever with his hands. Any of them might be Aphrodite in disguise. The Olympians made Aphrodite marry him.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 10 (21) TypeDateHere cripple forever after. thinking that it would settle her down.

George and Martha. since it¶s a symbol of peace and Aphrodite started a war. a cell phone that turns into the caduceus. Travelers. either. his symbol of power ± a winged staff with two snakes. Merchants and Thieves (Her¶-meez) Distinguishing Features: Jogger¶s clothes and winged athletic shoes. Looks are everything. and Paris readily agreed. because he¶s always on the run. at least Aphrodite got what she wanted! Symbol: the dove. but oh well.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 11 (21) TypeDateHere Then: She¶s more beautiful than Helen of Troy. it started the Trojan War and thousands died. She promised Prince Paris the most beautiful mortal woman in the world if he judged Aphrodite the fairest goddess in a contest. entwined around it. When he got Helen for his wife. When . Roman name: Venus y Hermes God of the Roadways. but hey. which is odd. Now: Hermes is a hard person to find. Aphrodite wasn¶t afraid to use her beauty to get what she wanted.

The guy who invented prune juice. which doesn¶t make him happy. purple socks and sandals. He can usually be found playing pinochle with a group of terrified satyrs on the front porch of the Big House. Apollo probably would¶ve blasted the young tyke to bits. be prepared to bet large. by contrast. which was more than he could say about the cattle.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 12 (21) TypeDateHere he¶s not delivering messages for the gods. Did you have a question about his activities as god of thieves? Leave a message. Dionysus mostly spent his time . he sneaked out of his crib and stole some cattle from his brother Apollo. which so impressed his father Zeus that he promoted Dionysus to god. The only thing the god of wine can drink these days is Diet Coke. Then: Hermes got started young as a troublemaker. He¶ll get back to you in a few millennia. Apollo liked it so much he forgot all about the cows. walking shorts. When he was one day old. Now: Dionysus has been sentenced to one hundred years of ³rehab´ as director of Camp Half-Blood. got sentenced to the Fields of Punishment. but fortunately Hermes appeased him with a new musical instrument he created called the lyre. Symbol: the caduceus Roman name: Mercury y Dionysus God of Wine (D -oh-n ¶-sus) Distinguishing Features: Leopard-skin shirt. and every other type of business you can imagine that involves travel. If you want to join the game. Then: Dionysus invented wine. the general pasty demeanor of someone who has been up partying much too late. an express delivery service. The lyre made Apollo very popular with the ladies. he¶s running a telecom munications company.

so you can¶t see the evil smile). Symbol: the leopard. black robes sewn from the souls of the damned. He oversees a booming population among the dead and has all sorts of employment trouble with his ghouls and specters. thinking the god was too incapacitated to fight back. Really. even a drunk one. helm of darkness (which makes him invisible. Now: Hades rarely leaves his obsidian palace in the Underworld. how would you like to marry someone who lives in a dark cave filled with zombies all year round? Symbol: the helm of darkness Roman name: Pluto . This keeps him in a foul mood most of the time. probably because of traffic congestion on the Fields of Asphodel freeway.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 13 (21) TypeDateHere partying it up in Ancient Greece. The moral of this story: Do not mess with a god. Dionysus turned them into dolphins and sent them over the side. He sits on a throne of bones. Persephone. the grape vine Roman name: Bacchus y Hades God of the Underworld (Hay¶-deez) Distinguishing Features: Evil smile. but once a crew of sailors tried to kill him. Then: Hades is best known for the romantic way he won his wife. though. He kidnapped her.

which can make you forget anything. ³Somnus made me do it!´ is not a good defense when trying to explain to your captain why you steered the trireme into the side of a cliff. he¶ll wait until you are actually in bed before he conks you out. In his Roman form of Somnus. Sometimes he is seen carrying an upside-down torch. He brought rest and dreams. the god liked to make sentries fall asleep on duty (which was an automatic death sentence) or make ship navigators fall asleep at the wheel. He carries a poppy stem and a branch dripping in water from the River Lethe. Hypnos might let you wake up eventually. but can often be found trying out the mattresses at the Sleep Shop. If you¶re unlucky. Why? Probably because the flames keep him awake. He is the brother o f Thanatos (Death). Roman name: Somnus y Nike . probably to keep him from doing a face plant whenever he falls asleep.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 14 (21) TypeDateHere y Hypnos God of Sleep (Hip-nos) Distinguishing features: Hypnos appears as a young man with wings sprouting from his brow. Now: Hypnos lives in Erebos. If you¶re lucky. deep in the Underworld. even tomorrow¶s history test. He is the son of Nyx (Night) and loves putting people to sleep. But unlike his brother. but he could also sneak up on you and cause you to doze off at bad moments. he¶ll put you to sleep in the middle of algebra class. Then: Hypnos could be good or bad in ancient times.

and most other major sporting events. Then: Nike was very popular. where she will be hovering overheard. the Superbowl. as would soldiers before a big battle. You are likely to meet Nike at the World Series. deciding which team to grant victory.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 15 (21) TypeDateHere Goddess of Victory (Ni-key) Distinguishing features: Nike has the wings of an angel and rides a chariot. Roman name: Victoria y Janus . She values bravery and skill. ³Hey. you should not say. The goddess does not find it amusing to be confused with footwear. and the state lottery. She usually has a golden laurel wreath handy to give to the winners of major battles. isn¶t that a kind of sports shoe?´ unless you want to lose every competition for the rest of your life. After all. the goddess of victory is pretty much the best wheelman you can ask for. Now: If you ever meet Nike. since everybody wanted victory. sports competitions. Olympic athletes would sacrifice to her. though she also likes a good halftime show. Nike would sometimes serve as Athena¶s charioteer in battle.

Twice the faces. It¶s said that Janus showed Saturn hospitality when he fled to Italy after the Titan war. He can be a pain. so Saturn gave Janus the power to see both the past and the future. choices and doorways (Jay-nus) Distinguishing features: Kind of hard to miss Janus. since he can never make up his mind and tends to argue with himself. since he has two faces.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 16 (21) TypeDateHere God of beginnings. usually offering them two doors to choose from. he can sing a solo in two-part harmony. Janus won¶t let you change your mind afterwards! Then: Janus was one of the most important Roman gods. January. Twice the fun! Gee. Super gift. On the bright side. At least one of the doors typically leads to a nasty death. thanks. Ja nus isn¶t all bad. but think carefully before making choices. Roman name: Janus (he has no Greek name) y Nemesis . the beginning month of the year. He shows up just when heroes have an important choice to make. Saturn. was named after him. Now: Janus likes to dress as a New York City doorman. He can open many doors and he stands for new beginnings.

she brings out her other tools ± a lash and a sword. Then: Nemesis was feared more than she was worshipped.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 17 (21) TypeDateHere Goddess of Revenge (Nim-uh-sis) Distinguishing features: Nemesis is often pictured as a winged maiden. Not ice above she is trampling some poor fool underfoot. with which she measures how much fortune you actually deserve. like something bad has got to happen to balance it out ± that¶s the shadow of Nemesis falling over you. She also carries a wheel sometimes. She hates it when things work out for people who don¶t deserve it. you¶d better look out. She¶s all about payback. because Nemesis is . Now: Nemesis usually hangs around the classroom the day major projects are due. symbolizing how fate can turn on you. Whenever something good happens. Whenever you feel like things are going too well. If it seems like somebody is out to get you. but don¶t confuse her with Nike! The evil look in her eyes should tell you that this lady is not here to give you victory. The Greeks and Romans didn¶t really have the concept of karma. All those who put off working until the last minute are likely to feel her lash. Nemesis¶s symbol is a scale. If you¶ve gotten more than your fair share. but Nemesis was pretty close. She just loves doing that. she is. and thinks her sister Fortuna is way too generous with the good luck.

messenger of the gods (Eye-ris) Distinguishing features: Iris appears as a beautiful maiden with wings (rainbow-colored. but everyone was always happy to see her. Watch your step and stay humble! Roman name: Nemesis y Iris Goddess of the rainbow.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 18 (21) TypeDateHere probably watching. she serves nectar to Zeus and Hera in the throne room on Olympus. Much like a rainbow. which is not as exciting but does let her rest her wings. Then: Iris was mostly the handmaiden to Hera. since her coverage is spotty in many metropolitan areas. She never got much attention in the old myths. When she¶s not running around delivering messages. naturally) carrying the symbolic staff of a herald like Hermes. While this brings her a lot of supplemental income. she does wish Zeus would let her upgrade her network to 4G. she would show up where you least expected her and then disappear . ready to balance things out with a little bad luck. Now: Iris is constantly in demand to deliver Iris -messages for demigods.

She was the goddess of dark and unknown forces. or three entirely different forms for morning. but better than nothing. and her followers include Circe and Medea. If you see a woman with two torches. crossroads and ghosts (Heck¶-ate or Heh-cah¶-tay) Distinguishing features: Hecate is usually dressed in dark rob es. and the fact that she had three different forms meant you never knew whether she would be a good cop or a bad cop. Talk about split personalities . who were not exactly girl scouts. You can find Hecate in foggy graveyards. be nice to her. . It was best just to steer clear! . She is accompanied by a she-dog and a polecat. she¶s a mysterious and crafty figure. The colorful part of the eye.DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 19 (21) TypeDateHere quietly. my dear). Then: Hecate was a goddess to be feared. In later times. Magic is her territory. . unless you want to become one of her animal familiars. but didn¶t usually worship her. or at abandoned crossroads at night. which used to be her enemies before she morphed them into animals. I guess. Hecate was pictured as a woman with three heads. the Iris. The Greeks and Romans respected her power. Not much of a tribute. Now: Hecate is the daughter of the Titans. noon and night. and although she sided with the gods in the Titan war. Roman name: Iris or Arcus y Hecate Goddess of magic. holding twin torches (all the better to see you and burn you with. is named after her.

just as a reminder than good luck doesn¶t always roll your way. She is also pictured with an orb ± a ball which can roll in any direction. and vice versa! Tyche usually holds a cornucopia. which . People are always looking for her at the racetrack. the casino and the lottery ticket dealer. : Tyche is a hard goddess to find. contests. berries. Sometimes good luck can look like bad luck. fruitcakes. She prefers to surprise you. and competitions. which is filled with nuts. She hardly ever shows up when you call. though. bonbons. She mostly likes to give good luck to those who worked hard to get it. Tyche's favor at gambling. Nevertheless. sometimes Tyche gets random. The horn of plenty has become a symbol of Thanksgiving in America thanks to Tyche. her sister Nemesis does too.E it Y t t t YPE Roman name: Hecate y Tyche (T e-ee) Goddess of good luck and fortune means you¶ e got to be careful. but she hardly ever hangs out there. the horn of plenty.  ¦¤        © Dis ing is ing s: Tyc c n: People don't change! Back in the day. you know whom to thank. and all kinds of goodies representing the fortunes she bestows on mankind. Sadly. Next time you find a bag of cash in the street. Greeks and Romans prayed for ¡   § ¦ ¨£¢ ¦¥ ¤ £ ¢ look jus like Nemesis her sis er. Funny thing about Tyche.

DOCUMENTTYPE TypeUnitOrDepartmentHere TypeYourNameHere 21 (21) TypeDateHere Roman name: Fortuna .