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ZEUS Zeus was the god of the sky and thunder and ruler of all gods. He is also known as Zeus the Thunderbolt. He was master of the sky and god of rain. His weapon is a thunderbolt which he hurls at those who displease him. He is represented as the god of justice and mercy, the protector of the weak and the punisher of the wicked.

HERA Hera was the supreme goddess, mistress of the sky, ruler of the clouds and thunderstorms. She is also the goddess of marriage and childbirth and takes special care of married women.

POSEIDON Poseidon was the god of the sea, brother of Zeus. Usually he is depicted as a seaman. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth, and shatter any object. That is why Poseidon is known as the god of earthquakes. Also he was god of the horses.

APHRODITE Born from the sea foam was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodite is also depicted as goddess of fertility, spring and life. She was always surrounded by roses, anemones, daffodils and lilies.

ARES Ares was the god of war. Ares epitomizes the treacherous, cruel and bloodstained war. He carried a burning cresset and a spear. His bird was the vulture, his animal was the dog.

DIONYSIUS Dionysius was the god related to vineyards, dizziness and elation of art, guardian of the inspiration, orchards and vegetation.

THEMIS Themis was the goddess of justice, representing the divine order, law and customs. She is represented as a woman with a band on her eyes, holding scales in one hand and sometimes a sword in the other.

APOLLO Apollo was the god of music, dancing, poetry, medicine and prophecy. He was the leader of the Muses. In art he is represented as a handsome young man, often holding a lyre in his hand.

ACHILLES Achilles was the strongest, bravest and most handsome Greek hero, who participated in the legendary Trojan war. During this war Achilles showed great bravery and defeated many warriors.

HELEN OF TROY The beautiful Helen of Troy (Sparta) was the reason for the most popular war in ancient times - the Trojan war. Helen was the prize, which Paris, the son of the Trojan king, received from the goddess Aphrodite. She was wife of the Greek king, but ran away from him together with Paris. That is why the Greek army attacked the Trojans and finally ruined the citadel thanks to the clever Odysseus, who had hidden warriors in a big wooden horse.

ODYSSEUS Odysseus was the king of the island of Ithaca. He is renowned for his guile and resourcefulness. Odysseus is one of the main characters in HomerÂ’s Iliad.

HERCULES Hercules was the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. Hercules was gifted and famous with his unusual strength. Hercules performed 12 feats.

CENTAUR Centaur was a mythological creature that is half man, half horse. Centaurs were famous with their unruly temper, unrestrained and hostility..

CYCLOPE The Cyclope was a large monster with only one eye in the middle of his forehead. Cyclopes were rude and clumsy creatures, but very crafty hammersmiths.

PEGASUS Pegasus was a snow-white and very beautiful flying horse. The name means a spring, because wherever he tramped his hoof, a spring would well up.

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