Greek Goddesses

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The Mythology of the Ancient Greek Goddesses
The names, roles, myths and legends surrounding the Greek Goddesses

Greek Goddesses
Discover fascinating information about the famous Greek Goddesses who featured in the legends and myths of Ancient Greece. This article provides facts, pictures and information of the Greek Goddesses who played prominent roles in some of the most famous myths and legends from Ancient Greece. The goddesses were defined by their outstanding beauty, their intelligence and wits and their actions that helped or hindered the people and heroes of Ancient Greek mythology.

Greek Goddesses
The most famous of all the Greek Goddesses were the Olympians whose names were Hera, Aphrodite, Artemis, Demeter, Hestia and Athena. Additional information about individual female deities is also available via:

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The most famous of all the Greek Goddesses were the Olympians whose names were Hera, Aphrodite, Artemis, Demeter, Hestia and Athena. This article contains interesting information and facts about the Greek Goddesses who featured in the mythology of Ancient Greece. Fascinating, fun information to increase your knowledge about the roles of the goddesses in Greek Mythology and Legend. The names of the Greek goddesses are provided in the charts and categorised into the Ancient, less well known goddesses, the Titanides and the Olympian goddesses that feature in the myths and legends of the Ancient Greeks.

Picture of beautiful Greek Goddesses

Greek Goddesses

Names of Principle Greek Goddesses - The Olympian Goddesses
What were the names and the roles of famous female Olympians? The following chart contains the names of the famous Olympians who featured in the legends from classical mythology and legends:

Principle Greek Goddesses of Ancient Mythology (Olympian Goddesses)

Aphrodite: Aphrodite was the goddess of love, beauty and passion. Her Roman goddess counterpart was Venus

Artemis: Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, she was also known as the Virgin goddess. Her Roman goddess counterpart was Diana

Athena: Athena was the goddess of wisdom, spinning and weaving. Her Roman goddess counterpart was Minerva

Demeter: Demeter was the goddess of nature and a sister of Zeus.
Her Roman goddess counterpart was Ceres

Hera: Hera was the Queen of the Olympians and the goddess of the family. Her Roman goddess counterpart was Juno

Hestia: Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and the home. Her Roman goddess counterpart was Vesta
Principle Greek Goddesses of Ancient Mythology (Olympian Goddesses)

Demeter Aphrodite and Pygmalion
Picture of Demeter

Picture of Aphrodite and Pygmalion

Names of Minor Greek Goddesses
The following chart contains the names of lesser Greek Goddesses and Nymphs who featured in the legends from classical ancient Greek mythology and legends. The ancient Greek goddesses were famous for their beauty but they also include some dark and evil Greek goddesses. Read interesting facts and information about the ancient Greek Goddesses via the Greek gods Index.

Minor Greek Goddesses from Mythology

Amphitrite: Amphitrite was a War Goddess

Ariadne: Ariadne was a minor goddess of passion and mazes and the wife of the god Dionysus


Calypso: Calypso was a Nymph who detained Ulysses on Ogygia seven years

Clymene: Clymene was a female demigod and the daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys and the mother of Atlas and Prometheus.

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.

Eileithyia: Goddess of childbirth

Enyo: Goddess of war and peacekeeping

Eos: Goddess of dawn

Eris: Eris, the goddess of Discord

Eutychia: Goddess of success

Harmonia: Goddess of harmony, agreement & understanding

Hebe: Hebe was the daughter of Hera and Zeus and the goddess of youth.

Hecate: Hecate was the Goddess of magic and witchcraft

Helen of Troy: Helen of Troy was a demigod, the daughter of the Greek god Zeus and Leda.

Iris: Iris was the Goddess of the rainbow and messenger of Halcyone

Khione: Goddess of snow

Leto: Leto was the Goddess of motherhood

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.

Melinoe: Goddess of ghosts

Nemesis: Goddess of consequences and revenge

Nike: Nike was the winged goddess of victory

Persephone: Persephone was the goddess of of spring and flowers, queen of the Underworld

Psyche: Psyche was the Goddess of compassion

Selene: Goddess of the moon

Scylla: Scylla was the favorite of all the water-nymphs

Thetis: Thetis was a minor sea-goddess and mother of Achilles

Tyche: Goddess of luck, destiny and fortune

Greek Goddesses from Mythology and Legends

Pictures of Greek Goddesses
The following four Greek goddess and nymph pictures were painted by the artist Evelyn de Morgan.

Helen of Troy - Demigod
Eos Helen of Troy - Demigod
 
Dryad Water Nymphs
Dryad - Wood Nymph Sea Nymphs

Names of Groups of Greek Goddesses
What were the names and the groups of famous Greek Goddesses?

Groups of Goddesses from Ancient Greek Mythology

The Furies: The Furies (Erinyes) were the hideous goddesses of Vengeance & Retribution

The Fates: The Fates were three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, who presided over the destiny of beings

The Keres: The Keres were the hateful goddesses of violent death

Groups of Goddesses from Ancient Greek Mythology

The other groups of minor Greek goddesses were called Nymphs and included the nine Muses who entertained the gods, the Three Graces presided over the banquet and all social enjoyments, the Hesperides guarded a beautiful garden, the deadly Sirens sing so sweetly that they lured men death, the Pleiades were the seven celestial nymphs of the stars, the Horae were the minor goddesses called 'the Seasons' and the Hyades were 7 half-sisters of the Pleiades and celestial nymphs.

Greek Goddesses of Ancient Greek Mythology
The Greek goddesses that feature in the mythology and legends of ancient Greece and the stories of their beginnings can be found in the the Greek Creation Myth. The Greek goddesses consisted of three generations of Greek Goddesses:

  • The Ancient, Primeval Greek goddesses
  • The Titanides - The Greek goddesses of this giant race
  • The Olympian goddesses and the lesser goddesses and nymphs

Greek Goddesses - The Titanides
The Titans were a race of giant gods who preceded the Olympians. The name of the female Titans was the Titanides and the six principle Titanides were important goddesses. The names and the roles of the Titanides are detailed in the following chart:

Greek Goddesses of Ancient Mythology - The Titanides

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Names the Titanides Description of Greek Goddesses
Rhea Rhea was the name of the Titan goddess of fertility and the mother of gods
Phoebe Phoebe was the name of the Titan goddess of the Moon
Tethys Tethys was the name of the Titan goddess of the rivers
Mnemosyne Mnemosyne was the Titan goddess of memory and the inventor of words
Theia Theia was the name of the Mother of the Sun and Titan goddess of all that glitters
Themis Themis was the name of the Titan goddess of justice and order
Clymene Clymene was the name of the Titan goddess of fame and glory
Names of the Titanides Description of Greek Goddesses

Greek Goddesses of Ancient Mythology - The Titanides

The Ancient, Primordial Greek Goddesses
The first important goddesses that feature in Greek Mythology were the predecessors if the Titans and Olympians. The names and the roles of the Ancient Primordial Greek Goddesses are detailed in the following chart:

The First, Ancient Greek Goddesses of Ancient Mythology

Names

Description of Ancient Greek Goddesses

Gaia - primordial greek goddess

Nyx Nyx was the name of the Goddess of night
Hemera Hemera was the name of the goddess of the daytime
Gaia Gaia, or Gaea, was known as Earth or Mother Earth and was born from Chaos. The Titans were born from her union with Uranus (the sky)

Names

Descriptions

Names of the First, Greek Goddesses of Ancient Mythology

Greek Goddesses
We hope that you have enjoyed discovering interesting information and facts about the Greek Goddesses who featured in the legends and mythology of Ancient Greece. Fascinating, fun information to increase your knowledge about the roles of these important women in Greek Mythology and Legend.

Greek Goddesses

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