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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 Greeks Description of Ancient Greeks
Aeacus Aeacus was one of the demigods and the son of a son of Zeus and Aegina who was the daughter of a river god.
 
Aeneas Aeneas was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and the son of the goddess Aphrodite and Prince Anchises
 
Achilles Achilles was one of the demigods and the son of Thetis, a minor sea-goddess and Peleus, the king of Myrmidons
 
Adonis Adonis was a lover of Aphrodite
 
Alcmene Alcmene was a lover of Zeus, the king of the gods
 
Amazons The Amazons were a nation of fierce women warriors who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively.
Amphion Amphion was one of the demigods and a son of Zeus and Antiope
 
Andromeda Andromeda was chained to a rock and exposed to a sea monster but was rescued by Perseus
 
Antigone Antigone was the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
 
Antiope Antiope was a lover of Zeus who seduced her in the guise of a satyr.
 
Aphrodite Aphrodite was the goddess of love, beauty and passion.
 
Apollo Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the god of the sun and music and the twin brother of Artemis
 
Arcas Arcas was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and Callisto
 
Ariadne Ariadne was the wife of the god Dionysus
 
Arion Arion  was a hero and musician of the Ancient Greeks
 
Ares Ares was the son of Hera and Zeus and the god of war. His sister was Hebe and his brother was Hephaestus.
 
Artemis Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, she was also known as the Virgin goddess
 
Atalanta Atalanta was the mortal who arranged a competition with her suitors and was won by Hippomenes
 
Athena Athena was the goddess of wisdom, spinning and weaving
 
Atlas Atlas 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
 
Bellerophon Bellerophon and his adventures with the Chimera and Pegasus
 
Cadmus Cadmus, the dragon slayer of the Ancient Greeks
 
Calypso Calypso was a Nymph who detained Ulysses on Ogygia seven years
 
Cassandra Cassandra was the daughter of the Trojan King Priam, whose prophecies were disbelieved.
 
Chaos Chaos was the first of all divinities, who ruled over confusion the void of emptiness within the universe.
 
Charon Charon, the ferry-man who took the dead over the rivers of the infernal region, was said to be the son of Erebus and Nyx.
 
Circe Circe was the sorceress who changes Ulyssesí men into swine
 
Clymene Clymene was a female demigod and the daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys and the mother of Atlas and Prometheus.
 
Clytemnestra Clytemnestra was a sister of Helen of Troy and the wife of Agamemnon
 
Coeus Coeus 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.
 
Cronus Cronus 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.
 
Danae Danae was a lover of Zeus and mother of Perseus
 
Daphne Daphne was a lover of Apollo who turned into a tree
 
Dardanus Dardanus was a demigod of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and Electra
 
Demeter Demeter was the goddess of nature and a sister of Zeus
 
Dione Dione 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 Dryads The Dryads were the nymphs of the wood
 
Echo The maiden who talked too much
 
Electra Electra was the daughter of Agamemnon who saved Orestes
 
Eileithyia Eileithyia was a daughter of Zeus and Hera
 
Endymion Endymion was a young shepherd who slept forever
 
Epaphus Epaphus was one of the Demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of  Zeus and Io
 
Epimetheus Epimetheus was the son of Iapetus and Clymene. His brothers were Atlas and Prometheus.
 
Erinyes The 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 Greeks Description 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 Greeks Description of Ancient Greeks

Eris

Eris was the Goddess of discord
 
Europa Europa was a fair maiden who fell in love with Cadmus
 
Fates The Fates were three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, who presided over the destiny of beings
Furies The Furies (aka Erinyes) were three sisters who inflicted tortures and punishments on behalf of Hades
Gaia Gaia, 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).
Ganymede Ganymede, cup bearer of Jupiter (Zeus)
 
The Gorgons The Gorgons were three sisters who had serpents instead of hair
The Graeae The 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 Graces The three Graces were daughters of Aphrodite and goddesses who presided over the banquet, the dance, and all social enjoyments.
Hades Hades was a son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. He was the god of the Underworld and  the dead.
 
Hamadryads The Hamadryads were the nymphs of the wood
Harmonia Harmonia was the daughter of Zeus and Electra and was the wife of Cadmus.
The Harpies The Harpies were winged monsters with the bodies of birds and the heads and bodies of women
Hebe Hebe 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.
Hecate Hecate was the name given to Persephone consort of Hades, goddess of the underworld and protector of witches
Helen of Troy Helen 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.
Helios Helios was the beautiful Sun god of the Ancient Greeks
 
Hephaestus Hephaestus was the the son of Hera and Zeus and he was the god of fire. His sister was Hebe and his brother was Ares.
 
Hera Hera 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 / Heracles Hercules (Heracles in Greek) was a famous demigod of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus
 
Hermes Hermes was the son of Maia and Zeus and the the messenger of the gods.
 
Hestia Hestia was a daughter of the Titans and was the Virgin goddess of the hearth, home and cooking.
The Horae The 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
Hyacinthus Hyacinthus, friend of the god Apollo
 
Hylas Hylas the page of Hercules
 
Iapetus Iapetus 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.
 
Iasus Iasus was a Demigod and a son of Zeus and Electra
 
Icarus Icarus and his father Daedalus who made him wings so he could fly
 
Io Io was a lover of Zeus from the hundred-eyed giant Argos called Panoptes
Iris Iris was the messenger of Halcyone
Jocasta Jocasta was the Queen of Thebes
Leto Leto was the daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus and a lover of Zeus by whom she bore the twin gods Artemis and Apollo.
Maia Maia 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 Maenads The Maenads were wild women, flushed with wine, their shoulders draped with a fawn skin, carrying rods tipped with pine cones (thyrsos).
Medea Medea was an enchantress who helped Jason
Medusa, the Gorgon Medusa 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

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Midas King Midas - everything he touched turned to gold King 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 Naiads The Naiades were the nymphs of the rivers and streams
 
Myth of Rhoecus
Narcissus Narcissus the youth who loved his reflection
 
Myth of Narcissus
The Nereids The Nereids were the nymphs of the ocean
 
Myth of Rhoecus
Nike Nike was the winged goddess of victory
 
Niobe Niobe was a lover of Zeus
 
Myth of Niobe
Oceanus Oceanus was the eldest son of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titans. He married his sister Tethys. Their children were the Oceanides.
 
 
The Oceanides The Oceanides were the three thousand daughters of Gaia and Uranus
 
Orion Orion was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale
 
Demigods
Orpheus Orpheus was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Calliope and the god Apollo
 
Orpheus and Eurydice
Pandora Pandora was the young maiden who unleashed the 'Troubles'
Myth of Pandora's Box
Pasiphae Pasiphae was the wife of King Minos who fell in love with the bull and produced the Minotaur
Poseidon, god of the sea
Penelope Penelope was the wife of Odysseus
Penelope and Odysseus
Persephone Persephone was the goddess of the underworld and the daughter of the gods Zeus and Demeter.
 
Perseus Perseus was one of the demigods  of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and Danae
 
Perseus and the Medusa
Phaedra Phaedra was a Princess of Crete torn by love
 
Phaedra Phoebe was a daughter of Gaia and Uranus and one of the Titanides. She was the wife of Coeus, the mother of Leto
 
Phaethon Phaethon was a beautiful but vain mortal
 
Myth of Phaethon
Philomela Philomela who was turned a nightingale
 
Myth of Philomela
The Pleiades The Pleiades were one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
The Pleiades
Pollux Pollux was one of the demigods  of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Zeus and the mortal Leda.
 
 
Poseidon Poseidon was a son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. He was the god of the sea, rivers, and earthquakes.
 
 
Procris Procris was a favorite of Diana, the goddess of hunting and the wife of Cephalus
Myth of Cephalus & Procris
Prometheus Prometheus was the was the son of the Titan Iapetus and Clymene one of Oceanides. His brothers were Epimetheus and Atlas.
 
 
Proteus Proteus was the Old Man of the Sea
 
Proteus, Old Man of the Sea
Psyche Psyche was the beautiful maiden forced to visit the Underworld by Aphrodite
Myth of Psyche
Pyramus Pyramus and Thisbe, the lovers who talked through a hole in the wall
 
Pyramus and Thisbe
Rhea Rhea 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.
 
Scylla Scylla was the favorite of all the water-nymphs
Myth of Glaucus & Scylla
Semele Semele was a lover of Zeus
 
 
The Sirens The Sirens  were sea nymphs who sing so sweetly that they lured to death every man who listened
Odysseus and the Sirens
Tartarus Tartarus 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.
 
 
Taygete Taygete was a lover of Zeus
 
 
The Sphinx The Greeks sphinx was a creature  of the Ancient Greeks with the body of a lion and the head of a woman
Mythical Creatures

 

Tethys Tethys 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).
 
Themis Themis was a lover of Zeus
 
 
Theseus Theseus was one of the demigods of the Ancient Greeks and a son of Poseidon and Aethra
 
Theseus and the Minotaur
Thetis Thetis was a minor sea-goddess and mother of Achilles
Heroes of the Trojan War
Titanides Titanides 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
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Dryad - Wood Nymph
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Sea Nymphs
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Dryad Water Nymphs
Dryad - Wood Nymph
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Sea Nymphs
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Ancient Greeks
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