Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses: Facts About Poseidon

Here are some facts about Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea.

  • Poseidon was the son of the Titans, Cronos and Rhea. He was the brother of Zeus and Hades (Pluto).
  • When Cronos was overthrown, Zeus, Hades and Poseidon divided the world into four parts. Zeus controlled the sky, Hades was in charge of the Underworld, and Poseidon took the seas and oceans. All three brothers were responsible for the land.

  • As well as being associated with the sea, Poseidon is also associated with horses and bulls.
  • Poseidon is an unruly god with hot temper. He is linked to earthquakes which were thought to take place when he got angry.
  • He rode a chariot underwater. This was pulled by seahorses.
  • Poseidon carried a trident (the fork of Triton) and used this to stir up the sea, creating waves and storms.
  • He married a sea nymph called Amphitrite.
  • The god Neptune was the Roman equivalent of Poseidon.
  • Poseidon controlled sea-monsters and storms.
  • Unlike many of the other Greek gods, Poseidon did not mix with men (mortals).
  • Poseidon was sometimes called Earth-Shaker.

Click here to learn more about some of the other Greek gods and goddesses.

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