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The Ancient Greeks
The names, roles, myths and legends surrounding the Ancient Greeks - gods, goddesses, monsters & mortals

Who were the Ancient Greeks?
Who were the Ancient Greeks? This article provides a list of the names of the Ancient Greeks who played a prominent role in some of the most famous mythology and legends from Ancient Greece. The gods and goddesses, the heroes and villains, the demigods, the strong, the weak and those who performed great deeds and those who were famous for their bad deeds.

The Ancient Greeks
Discover the names of the famous Ancient Greeks who featured in the legends and myths of Ancient Greece. Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Demigods, Nymphs, Mortals, Amazons and Monsters all played a part in the mythology of the Ancient World. Additional, intriguing information about ancient gods and goddesses is also available via:

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Achilles dragging Hector during the Trojan War

Famous Ancient Greeks - Achilles dragging Hector during the Trojan War

List of Famous Ancient Greeks
The following list contains the names of many famous Ancient Greeks who featured in the legends from classical mythology and include Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Demigods, Nymphs, Mortals, Amazons and Monsters:

Ancient Greeks from Mythology

Names of Ancient GreeksDescription of Ancient Greeks
AeacusAeacus was one of the demigods and the son of a son of Zeus and Aegina who was the daughter of a river god.
 
AeneasAeneas was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and the son of the goddess Aphrodite and Prince Anchises
 
AchillesAchilles was one of the demigods and the son of Thetis, a minor sea-goddess and Peleus, the king of Myrmidons
 
AdonisAdonis was a lover of Aphrodite
 
AlcmeneAlcmene was a lover of Zeus, the king of the gods
 
AmazonsThe Amazons were a nation of fierce women warriors who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively.
AmphionAmphion was one of the demigods and a son of Zeus and Antiope
 
AndromedaAndromeda was chained to a rock and exposed to a sea monster but was rescued by Perseus
 
AntigoneAntigone was the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
 
AntiopeAntiope was a lover of Zeus who seduced her in the guise of a satyr.
 
AphroditeAphrodite was the goddess of love, beauty and passion.
 
ApolloApollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the god of the sun and music and the twin brother of Artemis
 
ArcasArcas was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and Callisto
 
AriadneAriadne was the wife of the god Dionysus
 
ArionArion  was a hero and musician of the Ancient Greeks
 
AresAres was the son of Hera and Zeus and the god of war. His sister was Hebe and his brother was Hephaestus.
 
ArtemisArtemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, she was also known as the Virgin goddess
 
AtalantaAtalanta was the mortal who arranged a competition with her suitors and was won by Hippomenes
 
AthenaAthena was the goddess of wisdom, spinning and weaving
 
AtlasAtlas was the son of the Titan Iapetus and Clymene one of Oceanides. His brothers were Epimetheus and Prometheus. He was the father of the Hesperides
 
BellerophonBellerophon and his adventures with the Chimera and Pegasus
 
CadmusCadmus, the dragon slayer of the Ancient Greeks
 
CalypsoCalypso was a Nymph who detained Ulysses on Ogygia seven years
 
CassandraCassandra was the daughter of the Trojan King Priam, whose prophecies were disbelieved.
 
ChaosChaos was the first of all divinities, who ruled over confusion the void of emptiness within the universe.
 
CharonCharon, the ferry-man who took the dead over the rivers of the infernal region, was said to be the son of Erebus and Nyx.
 
CirceCirce was the sorceress who changes Ulyssesí men into swine
 
ClymeneClymene was a female demigod and the daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys and the mother of Atlas and Prometheus.
 
ClytemnestraClytemnestra was a sister of Helen of Troy and the wife of Agamemnon
 
CoeusCoeus was a son of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titans. He was the husband of Phoebe, the father of Leto,  and the grandfather of Apollo, Artemis and Asteria.
 
CronusCronus was the youngest son of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titans. He married his sister Rhea. Their children were Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus.
 
DanaeDanae was a lover of Zeus and mother of Perseus
 
DaphneDaphne was a lover of Apollo who turned into a tree
 
DardanusDardanus was a demigod of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and Electra
 
DemeterDemeter was the goddess of nature and a sister of Zeus
 
DioneDione was one of the Oceanides, a descendent of the Titans, and a lover of Zeus, they had a daughter, Aphrodite the goddess of love.
 
The DryadsThe Dryads were the nymphs of the wood
 
EchoThe maiden who talked too much
 
ElectraElectra was the daughter of Agamemnon who saved Orestes
 
EileithyiaEileithyia was a daughter of Zeus and Hera
 
EndymionEndymion was a young shepherd who slept forever
 
EpaphusEpaphus was one of the Demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of  Zeus and Io
 
EpimetheusEpimetheus was the son of Iapetus and Clymene. His brothers were Atlas and Prometheus.
 
ErinyesThe Erinyes  (aka  Furies) were three sisters who inflicted tortures and punishments on behalf of Hades
 

Erebus

Erebus was a primordial deity associated with darkness. Erebus was born with Nyx (Night) from Chaos and is associated with the Underworld.
 

Eros

Eros was a primordial deity responsible for the union between Gaia and Uranus. Another Eros was a god of love (Cupid)

Names of Ancient GreeksDescription of Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks from Mythology and Legends

Myths and Stories about gods and goddesses - Apollo riding his golden chariot

Ancient Greeks - Myths and Stories about the Greek gods

List of Famous Ancient Greeks
Ancient Greeks. The following list contains the names of famous Ancient Greeks who featured in the legends from classical mythology and include Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Demigods, Nymphs, Mortals, Amazons and Monsters:

Ancient Greeks from Mythology

Names of Ancient GreeksDescription of Ancient Greeks

Eris

Eris was the Goddess of discord
 
EuropaEuropa was a fair maiden who fell in love with Cadmus
 
FatesThe Fates were three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, who presided over the destiny of beings
FuriesThe Furies (aka Erinyes) were three sisters who inflicted tortures and punishments on behalf of Hades
GaiaGaia, or Gaea, was known as Earth or Mother Earth and was born from Chaos. The Titans and the Giants or Gigantes were born from her union with Uranus (the sky). The sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea).
GanymedeGanymede, cup bearer of Jupiter (Zeus)
 
The GorgonsThe Gorgons were three sisters who had serpents instead of hair
The GraeaeThe Graeae (Gray Witches) were three sisters who had to share just one eye and one tooth among them and featured in the myth of Perseus.
The GracesThe three Graces were daughters of Aphrodite and goddesses who presided over the banquet, the dance, and all social enjoyments.
HadesHades was a son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. He was the god of the Underworld and  the dead.
 
HamadryadsThe Hamadryads were the nymphs of the wood
HarmoniaHarmonia was the daughter of Zeus and Electra and was the wife of Cadmus.
The HarpiesThe Harpies were winged monsters with the bodies of birds and the heads and bodies of women
HebeHebe was the daughter of Hera and Zeus and the goddess of youth. Her brothers were Hephaestus and Ares. She married Heracles (Hercules) after he became a god.
HecateHecate was the name given to Persephone consort of Hades, goddess of the underworld and protector of witches
Helen of TroyHelen of Troy was the daughter of the Greek god Zeus and Leda. She married Menelaus the, king of Sparta. Prince Paris of Troy abducted Helen and took her to Troy, which started the 9 year Trojan War.
HeliosHelios was the beautiful Sun god of the Ancient Greeks
 
HephaestusHephaestus was the the son of Hera and Zeus and he was the god of fire. His sister was Hebe and his brother was Ares.
 
HeraHera was a daughter of the Titans who married her brother Zeus and became Queen of the gods and was the goddess of the family.
Hercules / HeraclesHercules (Heracles in Greek) was a famous demigod of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus
 
HermesHermes was the son of Maia and Zeus and the the messenger of the gods.
 
HestiaHestia was a daughter of the Titans and was the Virgin goddess of the hearth, home and cooking.
The HoraeThe Horae were the minor deities  of the Ancient Greeks called 'the Seasons' or 'Horae', the goddesses of time who guarded the gates to the home of the gods
HyacinthusHyacinthus, friend of the god Apollo
 
HylasHylas the page of Hercules
 
IapetusIapetus was a son of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titans. He married Clymene, one of the Oceanides. The names of their children were Atlas, Epimetheus and Prometheus.
 
IasusIasus was a Demigod and a son of Zeus and Electra
 
IcarusIcarus and his father Daedalus who made him wings so he could fly
 
IoIo was a lover of Zeus from the hundred-eyed giant Argos called Panoptes
IrisIris was the messenger of Halcyone
JocastaJocasta was the Queen of Thebes
LetoLeto was the daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus and a lover of Zeus by whom she bore the twin gods Artemis and Apollo.
MaiaMaia was a 'Pleiades' one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Maia was a lover of Zeus and bore him a son, Hermes.
The MaenadsThe Maenads were wild women, flushed with wine, their shoulders draped with a fawn skin, carrying rods tipped with pine cones (thyrsos).
MedeaMedea was an enchantress who helped Jason
Medusa, the GorgonMedusa was a Gorgon who had serpents instead of hair

Memnon

Memnon was one of the Demigods of the Ancient Greeks and the son of Tithonus and Eos
 

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Ancient Greeks from Mythology and Legends

The head of Medusa, the Gorgon

Ancient Greeks - Picture of the head of Medusa, the Gorgon, who was slain by the hero Perseus

Famous Ancient Greeks
List of Ancient Greeks. The following list contains the names of famous Ancient Greeks who featured in the legends from classical mythology and include Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Demigods, Nymphs, Mortals, Amazons and Monsters:

Ancient Greeks from Mythology

Names of Ancient GreeksDescription of Ancient GreeksAdditional Information about the Ancient Greeks
MidasKing Midas - everything he touched turned to goldKing Midas

The Muses

The Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. The Muses all had wonderful gifts that allowed them to entertain the gods

Mount Olympus
The Muses and Comatas
The NaiadsThe Naiades were the nymphs of the rivers and streams
 
Myth of Rhoecus
NarcissusNarcissus the youth who loved his reflection
 
Myth of Narcissus
The NereidsThe Nereids were the nymphs of the ocean
 
Myth of Rhoecus
NikeNike was the winged goddess of victory
 
NiobeNiobe was a lover of Zeus
 
Myth of Niobe
OceanusOceanus was the eldest son of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titans. He married his sister Tethys. Their children were the Oceanides.
 
 
The OceanidesThe Oceanides were the three thousand daughters of Gaia and Uranus
 
OrionOrion was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale
 
Demigods
OrpheusOrpheus was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Calliope and the god Apollo
 
Orpheus and Eurydice
PandoraPandora was the young maiden who unleashed the 'Troubles'
Myth of Pandora's Box
PasiphaePasiphae was the wife of King Minos who fell in love with the bull and produced the Minotaur
Poseidon, god of the sea
PenelopePenelope was the wife of Odysseus
Penelope and Odysseus
PersephonePersephone was the goddess of the underworld and the daughter of the gods Zeus and Demeter.
 
PerseusPerseus was one of the demigods  of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and Danae
 
Perseus and the Medusa
PhaedraPhaedra was a Princess of Crete torn by love
 
PhaedraPhoebe was a daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides. She was the wife of Coeus, the mother of Leto
 
PhaethonPhaethon was a beautiful but vain mortal
 
Myth of Phaethon
PhilomelaPhilomela who was turned a nightingale
 
Myth of Philomela
The PleiadesThe Pleiades were one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
The Pleiades
PolluxPollux was one of the demigods  of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and the mortal Leda.
 
 
PoseidonPoseidon was a son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. He was the god of the sea, rivers, and earthquakes.
 
 
ProcrisProcris was a favorite of Diana, the goddess of hunting and the wife of Cephalus
Myth of Cephalus & Procris
PrometheusPrometheus was the was the son of the Titan Iapetus and Clymene one of Oceanides. His brothers were Epimetheus and Atlas.
 
 
ProteusProteus was the Old Man of the Sea
 
Proteus, Old Man of the Sea
PsychePsyche was the beautiful maiden forced to visit the Underworld by Aphrodite
Myth of Psyche
PyramusPyramus and Thisbe, the lovers who talked through a hole in the wall
 
Pyramus and Thisbe
RheaRhea was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides. She married her brother Cronus and their children were Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus.
 
ScyllaScylla was the favorite of all the water-nymphs
Myth of Glaucus & Scylla
SemeleSemele was a lover of Zeus
 
 
The SirensThe Sirens  were sea nymphs who sing so sweetly that they lured to death every man who listened
Odysseus and the Sirens
TartarusTartarus was a primordial deity who with Chaos, Earth, and Eros. Associated with the abyss used as a dungeon of torment that resides beneath the underworld.
 
 
TaygeteTaygete was a lover of Zeus
 
 
The SphinxThe Greeks sphinx was a creature  of the Ancient Greeks with the body of a lion and the head of a woman
Mythical Creatures

 

TethysTethys was a daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides and the wife of Oceanus. Their children were the Oceanides (three thousand daughters).
 
ThemisThemis was a lover of Zeus
 
 
TheseusTheseus was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Poseidon and Aethra
 
Theseus and the Minotaur
ThetisThetis was a minor sea-goddess and mother of Achilles
Heroes of the Trojan War
TitanidesTitanides were the female Titans
 

Tithonus

Tithonus was lover of Aurora who was turned into a grasshopper
 

Myth of Tithonus

Tityos

Tityos was one of the demigods and a son of Zeus and Elara
 

 

Uranus

Uranus was a primordial deity and the first son of Gaia, who he married. Their union produced the Titans.
 

 

Zethes

Zethes was one of the demigods and a son of Boreas (the Greek god of the north wind and the bringer of winter) and Oreithyia,
 

 

Zeus

Zeus was a son of Cronus and Rhea. He was the king of the gods and god of the heavens. He married his sister Hera and together they had three children: Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus.
 

 
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Ancient Greeks from Mythology and Legends

Perseus and Athena

Famous Ancient Greeks - The Hero Perseus and the goddess Athena

Pictures of Ancient Greeks
The following four pictures of famous women in our selection of Ancient Greeks were painted by the artist Evelyn de Morgan. Cassandra and Helen both featured in the legend of the Trojan War.

Helen of Troy
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Cassandra
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Helen of Troy - Demigod

Cassandra

Helen of Troy
Ancient Greeks

Cassandra
Ancient Greeks

 

Dryad - Wood Nymph
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Sea Nymphs
Ancient Greeks
DryadWater Nymphs
Dryad - Wood Nymph
Ancient Greeks
Sea Nymphs
Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks
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