Mythology Wednesday - Poseidon
Hey all! Welcome to our very first Mythology Wednesday! Every Wednesday, both Erika from Books, Stars, Writing, and Everything in Between and I will be summarizing a myth or legend that is relevant to the current book in our read-along!
Erika’s topic this week is Medusa *shivers*. It’s a great post, make sure to check it out! :)
Poseidon is the Greek god of the Sea, Water, and Earthquakes.
“Poseidon” said Chiron “Earthshaker, Stormbringer, Father of Horses, (...) the Sea God”
It is said that he lives in an underwater palace along with other sea gods and spirits. As far as the Olympians go, he is the second most powerful after Zeus. The three sons of Kronos and Rhea (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) split the world between themselves - Zeus got the sky, Hades got the Underworld, and Poseidon got the sea.
As mentioned, he is known as the “Earthshaker”, as well as a vengeful god. The Odyssey says that Odysseus, the hero, was, well, annoyed by Poseidon after he blinded the cyclopes, Polyphemus. You see, cyclops are often children of Poseidon.
One backstory I find interesting is the history of Athens. Yes Athens is named after the goddess of wisdom, Athena. But, had things gone differently, it could have been named otherwise. It is said that the two deities wanted to claim the city as their own. As a gift, Athena gave the city an olive tree. Poseidon, on the other hand, gifted a saltwater spring. The people of the city found more use in Athena’s gift and appreciated it more, hence calling the city Athens.
Poseidon is the Father of Horses. Again, working with Athena, who created a chariot, Poseidon created horses out of sea foam. His symbols are horses and a trident.
So there’s a few facts about this week’s topic! :D Go ahead and shoot me with any questions, or add some facts you know in the comments! :) (I’m sorry if this was brief, I have exams next week...)
Also, don’t forget to check Erika’s review about Medusa!
Have a great day! :D