In ancient Greece Poseidon was the God of the sea and
protector of the waters. Poseidon was also the God of earth quakes,
horses, and storms that occur on the sea. Poseidon was widely worshiped by
ancient Greek fishermen.
Poseidon was the son of the god Cronus and brother of
Zeus. He remained buried within Cronus's stomach until Zeus freed him
and his siblings, see Zeus
and Cronus, and was one of the twelve Gods
Poseidon was said to drive a chariot pulled by horses
carrying a trident. He was attended to by Proteus and old man who
could foretell the future and change form, and the sea goddesses the
Poseidon's wife was a sea goddess by the name of
Amphitrite who was the granddaughter of the Titan Oceanus. There was a
time when Poseidon wished to marry the goddess Demeter. Demeter did not want
Poseidon and to keep him away she asked the god to make her a most beautiful
animal, a symbol of his love. Poseidon toiled and toiled and finally he
created the first horse. However, the god Poseidon took so long to
create the horse that his love had subsided for Demeter.
Poseidon had a number of children. His children
included the giant Antaeus, Polyphemus the one eyed Cyclops who was blinded
by Odysseus in The Odyssey, and Merman who was half human half fish.
Poseidon was greedy and quarrelsome. This caused
problems with the other Gods of Olympus as he was second to Zeus. A quarrel
between him and Athena could be seen in the famous competition of the naming of Athens, see The
Naming of Athens.