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Symbols of the Greek Gods

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Symbols of the Greek Gods
What were the Symbols of the Greek Gods? The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece were supernatural beings who possessed great magical & mystical powers. Each ancient Greek god and goddess were associated with special symbols, animals and attributes. The Symbols of the Greek Gods were depicted in the pictures, mosaics, statues and images of the gods and made them instantly recognisable. Many of the myths and legends in Ancient Greek Mythology tell the stories of their symbols and attributes.

The Symbols of the Greek Gods
The attributes and Symbols of the Greek Gods were specific to each of the gods however, the theme of the symbols covered the symbolism of: 

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Plants and Flowers
  • Magical weapons
  • A variety of objects from everyday life

The list for the Symbols of the Greek gods and goddesses describe the attributes, symbols that were associated with them.

Zeus the king of the gods is associated with these attributes:

  • Thunderbolt
  • Sceptre
  • Eagle
  • Bull
  • Oak Tree
  • The Aegis, a shield
Poseidon the god of the sea, tempests, storms and earthquakes is associated with these attributes:
  • The Trident
  • The Horse
  • The Dolphin
  • The Bull
Hera, the queen of the gods, is associated with these attributes:
  • Crown
  • Peacock
  • Cuckoo
  • Lion
  • Cow
  • Pomegranate
Ares the god of battle and war is associated with these attributes:
  • A sacred shield
  • Spear
  • Burning Torch
  • Vulture
  • Dog
  • Woodpecker, eagle and owl
Apollo the god of the sun is associated with these attributes:
  • Bow and Arrows
  • Lyre
  • Raven
  • Wolf
  • Laurel Tree
Artemis the Greek goddess of the hunt is associated with these attributes:
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Deer
  • Hounds
  • Bears
  • Snakes
  • The moon
  • Cypress tree
Hephaestus the god of fire and the forge is associated with these attributes:
  • Fire
  • Hammer
  • Axe
  • Tongs
  • Donkey
  • Quail
Demeter, the goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature and the seasons is associated with these attributes:
  • Grain Sheaf
  • Winged Serpent
  • Lotus Staff
  • Torch
  • Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty)
Hermes the messenger of the gods is associated with these attributes:
  • Winged sandals and helmet
  • Caduceus (a staff entwined by snakes)
  • Tortoise
  • Stork
Dionysus the god of wine is associated with these attributes:
  • The thyrsos (a pine-cone tipped staff)
  • Leopard, panther, tiger
  • Goat
  • Grapes and goblets
  • Ivy
Aphrodite the goddess of love is associated with these attributes:
  • Dolphin
  • Rose
  • Scallop Shell
  • Mirror and Girdle
  • Dove, Sparrow, and Swan
Athena the goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare is associated with these attributes:
  • Helmet and Spear
  • The Aegis
  • The Owl
  • The Serpent
  • The Chariot
Hades, the 'Prince of Darkness' and god of the Underworld is associated with these attributes:
  • Cerberus
  • Cap of invisibility
  • Cypress
  • Key of Hades
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