Fact 2: Hera was the queen of the gods and described as suspicious, cruel, jealous, vengeful and interfering. She was the protector of women and frequently punished offending husbands. Hera deceived and distracted Zeus enabling the Greeks to obtain the upper hand during the Trojan War.
Fact 3: Ares was the god of war and described as fierce, merciless, moody, unpopular and argumentative. One of the symbols of Ares was the burning torch and the priests of Ares carried burning torches as the sign of battle to opposing armies
Fact 4: Apollo was the handsome god of the sun and described as competitive, sociable and fun loving. His association with the golden chariot was because, as god of the sun and light, he drove the sun across the sky
Fact 5: Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon and known as the Virgin goddess. Artemis had the power of transformation, prophecy, healing, poetry, music, magic, and purification
Fact 6: Hephaestus was the god of fire and the patron of craftsmen and metal workers. His forge was believed to be situated under the volcano at Mount Etna. According to mythology Ares was caught in an invisible net by the god Hephaestus whilst committing adultery with the god's wife Aphrodite.
Fact 7: Demeter was worshiped as the goddess of agriculture and introduced the knowledge of agriculture, putting an end to the primitive nomadic lifestyles which led men to live a settled and civilised way of life
Fact 8: Hermes had the ability to travel so swiftly he became the messenger of the gods. Hermes was charming, affable, adventurous, popular but also had the impulse to cheat and to steal
Fact 9: Dionysus was the god of wine, parties, celebrations, chaos, drunkenness and ecstasy. Dionysus was the only god to have a mother who was a mortal (Semele)
Fact 10: Aphrodite was the goddess of love, sexuality, beauty and desire. Aphrodite was described as being passionate, weak, all smiles but little substance and unfaithful
Fact 11: Poseidon sea, oceans, tempests, storms and earthquakes. He was commonly called the 'Earth-Shaker'. Poseidon was described as greedy, bad-tempered, moody and vengeful
Fact 12: Athena was the goddess of wisdom, defense, strategic warfare and handicrafts. Athena was described as brave, practical and fearless. Her helmet and spear relate to the fact that wisdom and strategy is the key to victory in war.
Fact 13: Hades was the god of the Underworld and the dead and the elder brother of Zeus and Poseidon. Hades claimed the souls that inhabited his domain and rarely let anyone who had entered the Underworld ever to leave again
Fact 14: Hestia was the goddess of the fireside and watched over the homes of mortals. Zeus allowed her to remain an eternal virgin.
Fact 15: Hebe had the gift of restoring youth and beauty to those who had lost them.
Fact 16: Deimos was the god of terror and dread who brought shock, trauma, confusion and dismay to the battlefields of mortals
Fact 17: Persephone was the Queen of the Underworld, the wife of Hades and daughter of Demeter. She was also the goddess of spring time
Fact 18: Nike was the winged goddess of victory, strength and speed and patron of various games and competitions.
Fact 19: Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres, the night and the moon and called the the ‘Queen of Ghosts’
Fact 20: Pan was the god of shepherds, pastures, music and fertility. Pan was depicted as a lustful man with the horns, pointed ears, and furred legs of a goat. Pan was famous for playing his pan-pipes and chasing Nymphs
Fact 21: Morpheus was god of dreams and the son of Hypnos, the god of sleep
Fact 22: Phobos was the god of fear and panic who brought alarm, confusion and dismay to the battlefields of mortals
Fact 23: Eros was the cherubic god of love and beauty. Although he was very old, the ancient Greeks believed that Eros always remained young, never growing up as the other gods did.
Fact 24: Tyche was the goddess of good luck and prosperity
Fact 25: Nemesis was a remorseless goddess, intent on her task which was "to give what is due", an avenging or punishing goddess