The palace of Poseidon was said to be at the
bottom of the sea. It was made of shells and
coral, fastened together with gold and
silver. The floors were of pearl, and were
ornamented with all kids of precious stones.
Around the palace were great gardens filled
with beautiful sea-plants and vines. The
flowers were of the softest and most
delicate tints, and were far more beautiful
than those growing in the light of the sun.
The leaves were not of the deep green which
we see on land, but of a most lovely
sea-green color. If you should ever go to
the sea-coast, and look down through the
water, perhaps you also might see the
gardens of Poseidon lying among the rocks at
the bottom of the sea.
Poseidon rode over the surface of the sea in
a chariot made of a huge sea-shell, which
was drawn by great sea-horses with golden
hoofs and manes. At the approach of the god,
the waves would grow quiet, and strange
fishes and huge sea-serpents and sea-lions
would come to the surface to play about his
chariot. Wonderful creatures called Tritons
went before and beside his chariot, blowing
upon shells as trumpets These Tritons had
green hair and eyes; their bodies were like
those of men, but instead of legs they had
tails like fishes.
Nymphs also swam along by the sea-godís
chariot. Some of these were like the
Tritons, half human and half fish. Others
were like lovely maidens, with fair faces
and hair. Some lived so much in the depths
of the sea that their soft blue eyes could
not bear the light of day. So they never
left the water except in the evening, when
they would find some quiet place upon the
shore, and dance to the music which they
made upon delicate sea-shells.
Poseidon once had a quarrel with one of the
goddesses over a piece of land which each
one wished to own, and at last they asked
the other gods to settle the dispute for
them. So at a meeting on Mount Olympus the
gods decided that the one who should make
the most useful gift to the people should
have the land.
When the trial came, Poseidon thought that a
spring of water would be an excellent gift
He struck a great blow with his trident upon
a rocky hill that stood in that land, and a
stream of water gushed forth. But Poseidon
had lived so much in the sea that he had
forgotten that men could drink only fresh
water. The spring which he had made was as
salt as salt could be, and it was of no use
to the people at all. Then the goddess, in
her turn, caused an olive-tree to spring up
out of the ground. When the gods saw how
much use men could make of its fruit and
oil, they decided that the goddess had won.
So Poseidon did not get the land; but ever
afterward the people showed the salt spring
and the olive-tree upon the hill-top as a
proof that the trial had taken place.
Poseidon was worshiped most by the people
who lived by the shore of the sea. Every
city along the coast had a temple to
Poseidon, where people came to pray to him
for fair weather and happy voyages for
themselves and for their friends.
The Legend and Myth about Poseidon, God of the Sea
The Myth of Poseidon, God of the Sea
The story of Poseidon, God of the Sea is featured in the book
entitled Greek Gods, Heroes and Men by Caroline
H. Harding and Samuel B. Harding, published
in 1906 by Scott, Foresman and Company.