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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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Aegina Aegina (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
Alecto Alecto, one of the Furies, goddesses of Vengeance and Retribution
Achilles In Greek Mythology Achilles was a demigod and the son of Thetis, a minor sea-goddess and Peleus, the king of Myrmidons
Achelous Achelous one of the Potamoi (a river god) in Greek Mythology, father of the Sirens
Arethusa Arethusa (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
Astraeus Astraeus was the Titan god of the dusk
Asteria Asteria, Titan goddess of nocturnal oracles
Athena Athena, the goddess of wisdom
Aphrodite Aphrodite, goddess of love
Artemis Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon in Greek Mythology
Ares Ares, god of war
Aeacus Aeacus was a demigod in Greek Mythology and the son of a son of Zeus and Aegina
Aether Aether the primeval god of the upper air
Aegle Aegle, one of the Hesperides
Aeneas Aeneas was a demigod and the son of the goddess Aphrodite and Prince Anchises
Anteros Anteros the god of requited love
Amphion Amphion was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Antiope
Arcas Arcas was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Callisto a nymph and minor goddess associated with Aphrodite

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Batia Batia (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
Bia Bia the spirit of force, power, bodily strength and compulsion
Boreas Boreas god of the north wind and of winter

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Caucasian Eagle The Caucasian Eagle was an eagle that every day ate the liver of Prometheus in ancient Greek Mythology
Calypso Calypso (Oceanide)
Crius Crius was the Titan god of the constellations
Clymene Clymene was a demigod and the daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys
Coeus Coeus was the Titan god of Intelligence in Greek Mythology
Charon Charon was the ferryman of Hades
Cerberus Cerberus was the many-headed dog which guarded the gates of Hades
Centaur A centaur was a creature, part human and part horse in ancient Greek Mythology
Circe Circe the goddess, witch and sorceress 
Crommyonian Sow Crommyonian Sow was a wild pig killed by Theseus
Cronus Cronus was the Titan god of time and the ages
Colchian Dragon The Colchian Dragon who guarded the Golden Fleece in Greek Mythology
Chimera The Chimera was a fire breathing beast that was part lion, part goat, and had a snake-headed

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Dardanus Dardanus was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Electra who was the daughter of Atlas
Daphne Daphne (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)
Dionysus Dionysus the god of wine
Dryades Dryades the tree and forest nymphs
Dike Dike, one of the Horae
Deimos Deimos the spirit of fear, dread and terror

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Epaphus Epaphus was a demigod and a son of  Zeus and Io, a priestess of the goddess Hera in Greek Mythology
Epimetheus Epimetheus was the god of afterthought in ancient Greek Mythology
Erebus Erebus the primeval god of darkness
Eris Eris the spirit of strife, discord, contention and rivalry
Eros Eros the god of love and passion in Greek Mythology
Eunomia Eunomia (one of the Horae)
Eos Eos the Titan goddess of the dawn
Echo Echo (an Oread, mountain nymph) cursed only to repeat the words of others
Echidna Echidna was the mother by Typhon and of many monstrous offspring

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Gaia Gaia the primeval goddess of the earth
Gorgons The Gorgons were three winged sister monsters, and Medusa, who had live snakes for hair
Glaucus Glaucus the fisherman's sea god
Geras Geras the god of Old Age
Graeae The 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 Troy Helen of Troy was a demigod and a daughter of Zeus and Leda who was queen of Sparta
Harmonia Harmonia was a demigod and a daughter of Zeus and Electra
Hades Hades the god of the Underworld and  the dead
Hecate Hecate the goddess of magic, witchcraft
Hebe Hebe the goddess of youth in Greek Mythology
Helios Helios the god of the sun
Hercules Hercules (Heracles in Greek) was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene
Hemera Hemera the primeval goddess of daylight and the sun
Hephaestus Hephaestus the god of metalworking
Hera Hera the Queen of the gods in Greek Mythology
Hermes Hermes the messenger of the gods
Hestia Hestia was the Virgin goddess of the hearth
Hyperion Hyperion was the Titan lord of light
Hypnos Hypnos the god of sleep in Greek Mythology
Hydra The 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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Iasus Iasus was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Electra (one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione)
Iapetus Iapetus, the Titan god of mortal life.
Iris Iris the goddess of the rainbow

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Keres Keres, the death spirits in Greek Mythology

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Lernaean Hydra Lernaean Hydra was the many-headed sea monster in Greek Mythology which when one of its heads was cut off grew two more
Leto Leto was the Titan goddess of motherhood
Lyssa Lyssa the spirit of rage, fury and rabies
Ladon Ladon 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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Memnon Memnon was a demigod in Greek Mythology and the son of Tithonus and Eos, aka Aurora, who was a Titan goddess of the dawn
Menoetius Menoetius, the Titan god of violent anger and rash action
Moros Moros the spirit of doom
Mermaids Mermaids, supernatural sea nymphs
Momus Momus the spirit of mockery, blame
Mnemosyne Mnemosyne was the Titan goddess of memory
Morpheus Morpheus the god of dreams
Medusa Medusa 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 lion In Greek Mythology the Nemean lion was an enormous lion strangled by Hercules as the first of his 12 labors.
Naiades Naiades were minor goddesses of nature, rivers and waterways
Nemesis Nemesis the goddess of revenge and retribution
Nereus Nereus the old man of the sea
Nereids Nereids were minor goddesses of the oceans
Nike Nike the goddess of victory
Nymphs Nymphs, minor goddesses of nature
Nyx Nyx the primeval goddess of night

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Orion Orion was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale
Oceanus Oceanus the Titan god of the Ocean
Oceanides Oceanides goddesses the rivers
Oizys Oizys, goddess of misery
Ouranos Ouranos the primeval god of the heavens
Oreads Oreads, the goddesses of Mountains
Orpheus Orpheus was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Calliope and the god Apollo
Orthrus Orthrus was the two-headed dog which guarded the Cattle of Geryon

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Perseus In Greek Mythology Perseus was a demigod and a son of Zeus and Danae
Poseidon Poseidon the god of the sea, rivers, and earthquakes in Greek Mythology
Prometheus Prometheus was the Titan god of forethought
Proteus Proteus a shape-shifting, prophetic old sea god
Pallas Pallas was the Titan god of warcraft
Pan Pan the god of shepherds and fertility
Persephone Persephone queen of the underworld
Perses Perses was the Titan god of destruction
Phobos Phobos the spirit of panic fear, flight and battlefield rout
Phocys Phorcys the god of the hidden dangers of the sea
Phoebe Phoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon
Pontus Pontus the primeval god of the sea
Psyche Psyche the goddess of the soul
Pollux Pollux was a demigod and a son of Zeus and the mortal Leda. He was the twin brother of Castor

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Rhea Rhea the earth mother and Titan queen of the mountains

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Scylla Scylla 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
Selene Selene the Titan goddess of the moon
Sirens Sirens, dangerously seductive sea nymphs
Styx River Styx
Somnus Somnus, the god of sleep and dreams

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Theseus Theseus was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Poseidon and Aethra
Teumessian fox In Greek Mythology the Teumessian fox was destined never to be caught. It was sometimes called the Cadmean vixen
Tartarus Tartarus the primeval god of the dark
Terpsichore Terpsichore daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, muse of dance
Tethys Tethys the wife of Oceanus, goddess of rivers
Thanatos Thanatos a god of Death
Themis Themis was the Titan goddess of justice and order
Thaumas Thaumas the god of the wonders of the sea
Tyche Tyche the goddess of fortune, chance
Triton Triton the fish-tailed son and herald of Poseidon
Tityos Tityos was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Zeus and Elara

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Urania Urania daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, muse of astronomy in Greek Mythology
Uranus Uranus, the primordial god of the heavens
Undine Undine (one of the Naides, a fresh water nymph)

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Zethes Zethes was a demigod in Greek Mythology and a son of Boreas (the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter)
Zelos Zelos the spirit of rivalry, emulation, envy, jealousy and zeal
Zephyrus Zephyrus god of the west wind in ancient Greek Mythology
Zeus Zeus the King of Heaven and god of the sky

Famous Characters from Ancient Greek Mythology

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