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Ancient Greek Mythology and Legends
The myths and legends that feature in Greek Mythology of gods, goddesses, heroes & supernatural creatures

Greek Mythology
Discover the legends, history and myths surrounding the Roman gods and goddesses, heroes and the legendary monsters and terrible creatures who are referred to in the stories of Greek Mythology. This article provides an overview of facts and interesting information about Greek Mythology, history and legends.

Greek Mythology
A fast overview of and dictionary Greek Mythology, a who's-who of the characters and names of legendary stories that feature in the world of Greek Mythology including the heroes and demigods of myth stories and legends. For detailed facts and information about gods and goddesses refer to the following:

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Ancient Greek Mythology
This article provides a fast overview and dictionary of ancient Greek mythology detailing the names of the gods, goddesses, heroes and legendary creatures stories that feature in the world of ancient Greek mythology and legends. The mythical stories and legends from Ancient Greek mythology were originally passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, but they were then documented by ancient Greek authors. The most famous mythical stories from Ancient Greek mythology were documented by Homer in epics such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, and also in the works of of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Ancient Greek mythology focused on their creation myth and stories of the gods and goddesses, the most famous of which were the Olympian gods and goddesses.

Apollo riding his golden chariot

Picture of Apollo riding his golden chariot from Ancient Greek Mythology

Ancient Greek Mythology
Heroes, or demigods, also featured in Greek mythology and these incorporated stories about terrifying mythical monsters and creatures and ordeals that had to be overcome. Ancient Greek mythology differed to Roman mythology and legends incorporating imaginative, poetical and fanciful stories whereas the practical Romans focused on the gods relevance to everyday life and the Roman state.

Ancient Greek Mythology
Who were the creatures and gods who featured in the stories of Ancient Greek Mythology? The following chart provides a description and definition of the different gods, goddesses, heroes and mythical creatures of Ancient Greek mythology.

A - Z of Famous Characters & Names from Ancient Greek Mythology


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AeginaAegina (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
AlectoAlecto, one of the Furies, goddesses of Vengeance and Retribution
AchillesIn Greek Mythology Achilles was a demigod and the son of Thetis, a minor sea-goddess and Peleus, the king of Myrmidons
AchelousAchelous one of the Potamoi (a river god) in Greek Mythology, father of the Sirens
ArethusaArethusa (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
AstraeusAstraeus was the Titan god of the dusk
AsteriaAsteria, Titan goddess of nocturnal oracles
AthenaAthena, the goddess of wisdom
AphroditeAphrodite, goddess of love
ArtemisArtemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon in Greek Mythology
AresAres, god of war
AeacusAeacus was a demigod in Greek Mythology and the son of a son of Zeus and Aegina
AetherAether the primeval god of the upper air
AegleAegle, one of the Hesperides
AeneasAeneas was a demigod and the son of the goddess Aphrodite and Prince Anchises
AnterosAnteros the god of requited love
AmphionAmphion was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Antiope
ArcasArcas was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Callisto a nymph and minor goddess associated with Aphrodite

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BatiaBatia (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
BiaBia the spirit of force, power, bodily strength and compulsion
BoreasBoreas god of the north wind and of winter

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Caucasian EagleThe Caucasian Eagle was an eagle that every day ate the liver of Prometheus in ancient Greek Mythology
CalypsoCalypso (Oceanide)
CriusCrius was the Titan god of the constellations
ClymeneClymene was a demigod and the daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys
CoeusCoeus was the Titan god of Intelligence in Greek Mythology
CharonCharon was the ferryman of Hades
CerberusCerberus was the many-headed dog which guarded the gates of Hades
CentaurA centaur was a creature, part human and part horse in ancient Greek Mythology
CirceCirce the goddess, witch and sorceress 
Crommyonian SowCrommyonian Sow was a wild pig killed by Theseus
CronusCronus was the Titan god of time and the ages
Colchian DragonThe Colchian Dragon who guarded the Golden Fleece in Greek Mythology
ChimeraThe Chimera was a fire breathing beast that was part lion, part goat, and had a snake-headed

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DardanusDardanus was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Electra who was the daughter of Atlas
DaphneDaphne (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
DionysusDionysus the god of wine
DryadesDryades the tree and forest nymphs
DikeDike, one of the Horae
DeimosDeimos the spirit of fear, dread and terror

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EpaphusEpaphus was a demigod and a son of  Zeus and Io, a priestess of the goddess Hera in Greek Mythology
EpimetheusEpimetheus was the god of afterthought in ancient Greek Mythology
ErebusErebus the primeval god of darkness
ErisEris the spirit of strife, discord, contention and rivalry
ErosEros the god of love and passion in Greek Mythology
EunomiaEunomia (one of the Horae)
EosEos the Titan goddess of the dawn
EchoEcho (an Oread, mountain nymph) cursed only to repeat the words of others
EchidnaEchidna was the mother by Typhon and of many monstrous offspring

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GaiaGaia the primeval goddess of the earth
GorgonsThe Gorgons were three winged sister monsters, and Medusa, who had live snakes for hair
GlaucusGlaucus the fisherman's sea god
GerasGeras the god of Old Age
GraeaeThe Graeae were three gray witches in Greek Mythology who possessed on one eye between them, consulted by the hero Perseus

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Helen of TroyHelen of Troy was a demigod and a daughter of Zeus and Leda who was queen of Sparta
HarmoniaHarmonia was a demigod and a daughter of Zeus and Electra
HadesHades the god of the Underworld and  the dead
HecateHecate the goddess of magic, witchcraft
HebeHebe the goddess of youth in Greek Mythology
HeliosHelios the god of the sun
HerculesHercules (Heracles in Greek) was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene
HemeraHemera the primeval goddess of daylight and the sun
HephaestusHephaestus the god of metalworking
HeraHera the Queen of the gods in Greek Mythology
HermesHermes the messenger of the gods
HestiaHestia was the Virgin goddess of the hearth
HyperionHyperion was the Titan lord of light
HypnosHypnos the god of sleep in Greek Mythology
HydraThe Hydra was the many-headed sea monster in Greek Mythology which when one of its heads was cut off grew two more

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IasusIasus was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Electra (one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione)
IapetusIapetus, the Titan god of mortal life.
IrisIris the goddess of the rainbow

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KeresKeres, the death spirits in Greek Mythology

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Lernaean HydraLernaean Hydra was the many-headed sea monster in Greek Mythology which when one of its heads was cut off grew two more
LetoLeto was the Titan goddess of motherhood
LyssaLyssa the spirit of rage, fury and rabies
LadonLadon was the dragon which guarded the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides in ancient Greek Mythology

Famous Characters from Ancient Greek Mythology

Ancient Greek Mythology
Who were the creatures and gods who featured in the stories of Ancient Greek Mythology? The following chart provides a description and definition of the different gods, goddesses, heroes and mythical creatures of Ancient Greek mythology.

A - Z of Famous Characters & Names from Ancient Greek Mythology

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MemnonMemnon was a demigod in Greek Mythology and the son of Tithonus and Eos, aka Aurora, who was a Titan goddess of the dawn
MenoetiusMenoetius, the Titan god of violent anger and rash action
MorosMoros the spirit of doom
MermaidsMermaids, supernatural sea nymphs
MomusMomus the spirit of mockery, blame
MnemosyneMnemosyne was the Titan goddess of memory
MorpheusMorpheus the god of dreams
MedusaMedusa was one of the Gorgons in ancient Greek Mythology, a winged monster who had live snakes for hair who could turn men to stone, slain by the hero Perseus

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Nemean lionIn Greek Mythology the Nemean lion was an enormous lion strangled by Hercules as the first of his 12 labors.
NaiadesNaiades were minor goddesses of nature, rivers and waterways
NemesisNemesis the goddess of revenge and retribution
NereusNereus the old man of the sea
NereidsNereids were minor goddesses of the oceans
NikeNike the goddess of victory
NymphsNymphs, minor goddesses of nature
NyxNyx the primeval goddess of night

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OrionOrion was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale
OceanusOceanus the Titan god of the Ocean
OceanidesOceanides goddesses the rivers
OizysOizys, goddess of misery
OuranosOuranos the primeval god of the heavens
OreadsOreads, the goddesses of Mountains
OrpheusOrpheus was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Calliope and the god Apollo
OrthrusOrthrus was the two-headed dog which guarded the Cattle of Geryon

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PerseusIn Greek Mythology Perseus was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Danae
PoseidonPoseidon the god of the sea, rivers, and earthquakes in Greek Mythology
PrometheusPrometheus was the Titan god of forethought
ProteusProteus a shape-shifting, prophetic old sea god
PallasPallas was the Titan god of warcraft
PanPan the god of shepherds and fertility
PersephonePersephone queen of the underworld
PersesPerses was the Titan god of destruction
PhobosPhobos the spirit of panic fear, flight and battlefield rout
PhocysPhorcys the god of the hidden dangers of the sea
PhoebePhoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon
PontusPontus the primeval god of the sea
PsychePsyche the goddess of the soul
PolluxPollux was a demigod and a son of Zeus and the mortal Leda. He was the twin brother of Castor

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RheaRhea the earth mother and Titan queen of the mountains

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ScyllaScylla was a female sea monster in Greek Mythology who devoured sailors when they tried to navigate the narrow channel between her cave and the whirlpool Charybdis
SeleneSelene the Titan goddess of the moon
SirensSirens, dangerously seductive sea nymphs
StyxRiver Styx
SomnusSomnus, the god of sleep and dreams

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TheseusTheseus was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Poseidon and Aethra
Teumessian foxIn Greek Mythology the Teumessian fox was destined never to be caught. It was sometimes called the Cadmean vixen
TartarusTartarus the primeval god of the dark
TerpsichoreTerpsichore daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, muse of dance
TethysTethys the wife of Oceanus, goddess of rivers
ThanatosThanatos a god of Death
ThemisThemis was the Titan goddess of justice and order
ThaumasThaumas the god of the wonders of the sea
TycheTyche the goddess of fortune, chance
TritonTriton the fish-tailed son and herald of Poseidon
TityosTityos was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Zeus and Elara

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UraniaUrania daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, muse of astronomy in Greek Mythology
UranusUranus, the primordial god of the heavens
UndineUndine (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)

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ZethesZethes was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Boreas (the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter)
ZelosZelos the spirit of rivalry, emulation, envy, jealousy and zeal
ZephyrusZephyrus god of the west wind in ancient Greek Mythology
ZeusZeus the King of Heaven and god of the sky

Famous Characters from Ancient Greek Mythology

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