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Poseidon's representation Poseidon was the Greek God of the seas, the horses and the earthquakes.

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Family of Poseidon

Parents: Poseidon was a child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Siblings: Poseidon had five siblings. Two brothers (Zeus and Hades) and three sisters (Hestia, Hera and Demeter).
Wife: the sea-goddess Amphitrite. However, according to a tradition, Poseidon was married more than once.
Famous Children: the merman Triton , the Nymphs Rhode and Benthesicyme and the twin giants Otus and Ephialtes.

The Personality of Poseidon and his Way of Life

Poseidon was considered to be the bad-tempered, moody and greedy god among the Olympians. Once insulted, he would revenge himself, like he did in the case of Odysseus, who brutally blinded his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus [1]. Poseidon loved to cross the oceans and seas with his golden chariot surrounded by dolphins.

The Powers of Poseidon

Poseidon was the Greek god responsible for natural and supernatural events, mainly the ones associated to the sea world and was the savior of ships. He possessed a trident which was so powerful that it could shake the earth. Poseidon was able to cause tempests and earthquakes, drown lands, shatter rocks and had the ability to finally bring back peacefulness.
Poseidon possessed two palaces, the one was up in Mount Olympus and the other was located in the depths of the seas and was bejeweled with gold and precious gems. Usually Poseidon preferred to stay with his wife Amphitrite beneath the ocean.

Appearance of Poseidon

Poseidon was imposing and strong with long, blue hair. [2]

Symbols of Poseidon

The symbol of Poseidon was the trident and his sacred animals were the dolphin and the horse. According to a tradition, he was the one who breathed life into the first horse on earth.

The Roman name of Poseidon is "Neptune"

Myths and Fables about Poseidon

The Share of the World
The Share of the World
The Contest of Poseidon and Athena
The Contest of Poseidon and Athena
Poseidon and the Dolphin's Feat
Poseidon and the Dolphin's Feat
Poseidon, Agaeus and the Fatal Curse
Poseidon, Agaeus and the Fatal Curse

Places of Worship related to Poseidon

Places of worship of Poseidon-Temple of Poseidon, Island of Poros
Temple of Poseidon, Island of Poros
Places of worship of Poseidon-Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
in Ancient Athens, Greece

Games in honor of Poseidon

Isthmian Games
The Isthmian Games

Festivals celebrating Poseidon

    Aeginetarum Feriae : a feast in honor of Poseidon, which was held on the island of Aegina and lasted sixteen days

Titles of Poseidon

Delphinus ("associated to the dolphins") , Hippius ("guide of the horses") , Kosmosistis ("shaking the earth") , Pelagios ("patron of the open seas") , Seisichthon ("moving the earth and causing earthquakes")