Greek Mythology And The Gods Who Tortured Humanity. By James Dazouloute

When it comes to the gods, the Greeks gave us an ear full about who they were, what they were about, their silly ways and even their great sexual perversions. But the saddest part of these Greek gods is the way they tortured Humanity, and how petty they were while playing with the lives of people. And really Beloved, just who were these gods? Well You have to remember what The Bible teaches about Angels in heavenly places, about Thrones, Dominions, Principalities and Powers. Also you learned from that Great Book, that there are are Demons that the Apostles could not just command to leave, they had to fast and pray fervently for a while before these powerful demons would leave a person. And not to forget that during the time of Noah, it was those same powerful Angels who left their habitation in the first heaven, after seeing the beauty of the human females, and came to down to lie with them and gave birth to Giants. Many of them had great powers, great abilities, great strength...

And so when you think about the Greek Gods and Greek Mythology, you have to know that they were not almighty, nor were they invincible, since they are no longer here, since they are being forgotten more and more daily. And that is all because to each being it  has been assigned to live, to prosper and to have experiences in a particular plane or realm of the Universe, and just like You and I, their times have passed. James Dazouloute

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Cnidus Aphrodite Altemps Inv8619 n2.jpgAphrodite (Ἀφροδίτη, Aphroditē) Goddess of love, beauty, desire, and pleasure. Although married to Hephaestus she had many lovers, most notably Ares, Adonis, and Anchises. She was depicted as a beautiful woman and of all the goddesses most likely to appear nude or seminude. Poets praise the radiance of her smile and her laughter. Her symbols include roses and other flowers, the scallop shell, and myrtle wreath. Her sacred animals are doves and sparrows. Her Roman counterpart was Venus.
Cnidian Aphrodite, a Roman work modeled after an original by Praxiteles

Apollo black bird AM Delphi 8140.jpgApollo (Ἀπόλλων, Apóllōn) God of light, music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, prophecy, poetry, purity, athletism, manly beauty, and enlightenment. He is the son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis. As brother and sister, they were identified with the sun and moon; both use a bow and arrow. In the earliest myths, Apollo contends with his half-brother Hermes. In sculpture, Apollo was depicted as a very handsome, beardless young man with long hair and an ideal physique. As the embodiment of perfectionism, he could be cruel and destructive, and his love affairs were rarely happy. His attributes include the laurel wreath and lyre. He often appears in the company of the Muses. Animals sacred to Apollo include roe deer, swans, cicadas, hawks, ravens, crows, foxes, mice, and snakes.
Apollo holding a tortoise-shell lyre and pouring a libation, on a kylix from a tomb at Delphi

Ares Argentina Montemartini.jpgAres (Ἄρης, Árēs) God of war, bloodshed, and violence. The son of Zeus and Hera, he was depicted as a beardless youth, either nude with a helmet and spear or sword, or as an armed warrior. Homer portrays him as moody and unreliable, and he generally represents the chaos of war in contrast to Athena, a goddess of military strategy and skill. Ares' sacred animals are the vulture, venomous snakes, dogs, and boars. His Roman counterpart Mars by contrast was regarded as the dignified ancestor of the Roman people.
Roman marble head of the war god modeled after a Greek bronze original

0 Artémis (Diane) - Galleria dei Candelabri - Vatican.JPGArtemis (Ἄρτεμις, Ártemis) Virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth and plague. In later times she became associated with the moon. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and twin sister of Apollo. In art she was often depicted as a young woman dressed in a short knee-length chiton and equipped with a hunting bow and a quiver of arrows. Her attributes include hunting spears, animal pelts, deer and other wild animals. Her sacred animals are deer, bears, and wild boars. Diana was her Roman counterpart.
Artemis reaching for arrow (missing) from her quiver, with hound

Detail Athena Louvre G104.jpgAthena (Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnâ) Goddess of intelligence and skill, warfare, battle strategy, handicrafts, and wisdom. According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus's head fully formed and armored. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and a spear, and wearing the aegis over a long dress. Poets describe her as "grey-eyed" or having especially bright, keen eyes. She was a special patron of heroes such as Odysseus. She was also the patron of the city Athens (which was named after her) Her symbol is the olive tree. She is commonly shown accompanied by her sacred animal, the owl. The Romans identified her with Minerva.
Athena on a red-figure cup dating 500–490 BC

IAM 4942T - Relief of Demeter.jpgDemeter (Δημήτηρ, Dēmētēr) Goddess of grain, agriculture and the harvest, growth and nourishment. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus, by whom she bore Persephone. She was one of the main deities of the Eleusinian Mysteries, in which her power over the life cycle of plants symbolized the passage of the human soul through its life course and into the afterlife. She was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and a torch. Her symbols are the cornucopia, wheat-ears, the winged serpent, and the lotus staff. Her sacred animals are pigs and snakes. Ceres was her Roman counterpart.
Demeter, typically seated, on a relief from Turkey

Dionysos panther Louvre K240.jpgDionysus (Διόνυσος, Diónysos) God of wine, parties and festivals, madness, chaos, drunkenness, drugs, and ecstasy. He was depicted in art as either an older bearded god or a pretty effeminate, long-haired youth. His attributes include the thyrsus (a pinecone-tipped staff), drinking cup, grape vine, and a crown of ivy. He is often in the company of his thiasos, a posse of attendants including satyrs, maenads, and his old tutor Silenus. The consort of Dionysus was Ariadne. Animals sacred to him include dolphins, serpents, tigers, and donkeys. A later addition to the Olympians, in some accounts he replaced Hestia. Bacchus was another name for him in Greek, and came into common usage among the Romans.
Dionysus reclining on a leopard

Persephone Hades BM Vase E82.jpgHades (ᾍδης, Hádēs) or Pluto (Πλούτων, Ploutōn) King of the underworld and the dead, and god of the earth's hidden wealth, both agricultural produce and precious metals. His consort is Persephone. His attributes are the drinking horn or cornucopia, key, sceptre, and the three-headed dog Cerberus. The screech owl was sacred to him. He was one of three sons of Cronus and Rhea, and thus sovereign over one of the three realms of the universe, the underworld. As a chthonic god, however, his place among the Olympians is ambiguous. In the mystery religions and Athenian literature, Pluto (Plouton, "the Rich") was his preferred name, with Hades more common for the underworld as a place. The Romans translated Plouton as Dis Pater ("the Rich Father") or Pluto.
Hades reclines, holding a giant drinking horn, offering a wine bowl to Persephone

Hephaistos Thetis Antikensammlung Berlin F2294.jpgHephaestus (Ἥφαιστος, Hḗphaistos) Crippled god of fire, metalworking, and crafts. The son of Hera by parthenogenesis, he is the smith of the gods and the husband of the adulterous Aphrodite. He was usually depicted as a bearded man with hammer, tongs and anvil—the tools of a smith—and sometimes riding a donkey. His sacred animals are the donkey, the guard dog and the crane. Among his creations was the armor of Achilles. Hephaestus used the fire of the forge as a creative force, but his Roman counterpart Volcanus (Vulcan) was feared for his destructive potential and associated with the volcanic power of the earth.
Thetis receives the armor made for her son Achilles by Hephaestus

Hera Barberini Chiaramonti II.14.jpgHera (Ἥρα, Hḗra) Queen of the heavens and goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires. She is the wife of Zeus and daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She was usually depicted as a regal woman in the prime of her life, wearing a diadem and veil and holding a lotus-tipped staff. Although she was the goddess of marriage, Zeus's many infidelities drive her to jealousy and vengefulness. Her sacred animals are the heifer, the peacock, and the cuckoo. At Rome she was known as Juno.
Bust of Hera wearing a diadem

Hermes e seu caduceu.jpgHermes (Ἑρμῆς, Hērmēs) God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, thievery, trickery, language, writing, diplomacy, athletics, and animal husbandry. The son of Zeus and Maia, Hermes is the messenger of the gods, and a psychopomp who leads the souls of the dead into the afterlife. He was depicted either as a handsome and athletic beardless youth, or as an older bearded man. His attributes include the herald's wand or caduceus, winged sandals, and a traveler's cap. His sacred animals are the tortoise, the ram, and the hawk. The Roman Mercury was more closely identified with trade and commerce.
Hermes holding his caduceus and wearing a cloak (chlamys) and hat (petasus) for travel

Hestia detail from Hellenistic relief, Walters Art Museum.jpgHestia (Ἑστία, Hestía) Virgin goddess of the hearth, home and chastity. She is a daughter of Rhea and Cronus and sister of Zeus. Not often identifiable in Greek art, she appeared as a modestly veiled woman. Her symbols are the hearth and kettle. In some accounts, she gave up her seat as one of the Twelve Olympians in favor of Dionysus, and she plays little role in Greek myths. Her counterpart Vesta, however, was a major deity of the Roman state.
Hestia from a relief depicting all twelve Olympians in procession

0035MAN Poseidon.jpgPoseidon (Ποσειδῶν, Poseidōn) God of the sea, rivers, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and the creator of horses; known as the "Earth Shaker". He is a son of Cronus and Rhea and brother to Zeus and Hades. He rules one of the three realms of the universe as king of the sea and the waters. In classical artwork, he was depicted as a mature man of sturdy build with an often luxuriant beard, and holding a trident. The horse and the dolphin are sacred to him. His wedding with Amphitrite is often presented as a triumphal procession. His Roman counterpart was Neptune.
Poseidon, hand uplifted to wield his trident (missing), from the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Tetradrachm Zeus Macedonia MBA Lyon.jpgZeus (Ζεύς, Zeus) King of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky, weather, thunder, lightning, law, order, and fate. He is the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea. He overthrew Cronus and gained the sovereignty of heaven for himself. In artwork, he was depicted as a regal, mature man with a sturdy figure and dark beard. His usual attributes are the royal scepter and the lightning bolt, and his sacred animals are the eagle and the bull. His counterpart Jupiter, also known as Jove, was the supreme deity of the Romans.
Coin issued under Alexander the Great showing Zeus on his throne holding a scepter and eagle.

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