The Grumpy God of the Sea All About poseidon

Poseidon, the sea god of Ancient Greece, was incredibly powerful. He had control over the ocean, and could use this to punish those on his bad side. With only a tap of his trident, a mighty earthquake would form.

To avoid a cruel punishment, Greek sailors would pray to Poseidon and offer sacrifices. Greek musicians and athletes would also compete in the Isthmian Games. Victors would receive a crown of dried wild celery leaves, a plant sacred to Poseidon.

Some plants that were sacred to Poseidon were wild celery and pine. Animals sacred to him include bulls, dolphins, and horses.

Poseidon took revenge to the extreme. In one myth, Poseidon raised a bull out of the sea, which would in turn be sacrificed by King Minos of Crete. Minos failed to do so, so Poseidon caused the queen to fall in love with the bull. This spawned the Minotaur, half man, half bull.

Another extreme revenge episode was the time that Queen Cassiopeia of Utopia bragged that her daughter, Andromeda, was more beautiful than the sea nymphs. The nymphs called upon Poseidon for aid, and he sent a sea monster to terrorize the kingdom.
Poseidon was also known to cheat on his wife Amphitrite, who rarely payed this any attention. Bad things happened to those Poseidon had an affair with regardless of this. Poseidon once hung out with a young woman by the name of Medusa in a temple dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom. Athena was unimpressed, and Medusa was turned into a gorgon.

Despite all of his power, Poseidon was often jealous of other gods and goddesses. The king of the Athens held a competition to see which god would have the most power over the land. Athena won, and Poseidon was very displeased. He fought with Hera over Argolis, and when he lost, he dried out the land's three main rivers. He argued with Zeus over Aegina, and Dionysus over Naxos. He continued to be unsuccessful, and remained envious of the other's possessions.

Despite all of his negative personality traits, Poseidon still played and important role in the mythology and culture of Ancient Greece.


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