Essay on English Poseidon

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Poseidon Poseidon, or commonly known to the Romans as Neptune, is the god of the sea. He is one of the six children of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. He is also acknowledged as the god of bulls and earthquakes, as well as the creator of horses. His symbol of power is the trident, a three-pronged staff. Poseidon was married to a nymph, Amphitrite, granddaughter of the Titan Oceanus, and fathered several children with her, the first being Triton. However, he had many infamous affairs with several mortals and immortals, such as Gaea, Demeter, and Medusa. Medusa was later turned into a Gorgon by Athena, due to the disrespect shown to her by Poseidon and his mistress. The rift between Poseidon and Athena started in Athens, Greece. They were competing to be the patron god or goddess of the powerful city-state. Poseidon created a salt water spring, while Athena created the olive tree. It was decided that Athena’s gift was better, so she was chosen as the patron of Athens. Poseidon was not known for his patience and temper, and was extremely angry at Athena and Athens. Poseidon was very greedy and quarrelsome, and unpopular among the Olympians. He often would try to take over other god or goddess’ cities. Despite his flaws, Poseidon was 2nd in command only to Zeus, the king of the gods. He was also popular among mortals. The Greeks relied on the sea for trade and travel, and held Poseidon in high esteem.

Athena, known to the Romans as Minerva, was known mainly as the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. She was also the goddess of compassion, peace, architects, sculptors, and olives. According to Gods, Heroes, and Myths, Athena was born by springing fully grown and in battle armor out of Zeus’s skull. Zeus had a severe headache beforehand, and Hephaestus split his skull open to find Athena. She is the favorite child of Zeus, and is allowed to use one of his weapons, the Aegis. The Aegis is a form of protection most commonly…