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Facts about Poseidon

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Mythical Facts about Poseidon for kids
Discover interesting information and fun facts about Poseidon, the famous god of the sea and the brother of Zeus. His Roman counterpart was Neptune.

  • Fact 1: He was the god of the sea, tempests, storms and earthquakes and was revered as the father of rivers and fountains.

  • Fact 2: The names of his parents were Cronus and Rhea

  • Fact 3: He was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus

  • Fact 4: He was father of Theseus, although the mortal Aegeus also claimed parentage

  • Fact 5: He rescued a mortal called Amymone from a lecherous satyr and then had a child named Nauplius with her.

  • Fact 6: In the legend of the Odyssey by Homer, Poseidon is famous for his hatred of the hero Odysseus who blinded his son, the monstrous cyclops named Polyphemus.

  • Fact 7: He delayed the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War by causing his boat to be shipwrecked.

  • Fact 8: He ravished Medusa, a beautiful priestess on the floor of a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. The hapless girl was then changed into the mythical creature called Medusa, a monstrous mythical creature called a Gorgon

  • Fact 9: He contested with Athena to be the patron deity of Athens.

  • Fact 10: He lived in a beautiful palace on the ocean floor, made of coral and precious gems.

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