Greek Mythology: Poseidon (Neptune)
Ancient Greek Mythology, Religion, Art
Poseidon, known to the Romans as Neptune, was the god of seas, water, earthquakes, and horses. He joined with his brothers Zeus and Hades to overthrow the rule of their father, Kronos, and then divide the rule of the world between them. Although he was best known for having a bad temper, he also seems to have had a playful side and according to legend he created creatures like the octopus and blowfish for water nymphs to play with.
Poseidon's connection with the horse is somewhat unusual since the horse doesn't appear in any way related to either water or earthquakes. It has been suggested that the importance of the horse to Poseidon may point to his worship having been brought to Greece by the same people who also brought the horse during the 2nd millennium BCE. Poseidon is one of the most anciently worshipped gods in the Greek pantheon.
|Ancient Greek Mythology: Poseidon (Neptune)|
|Poseidon / Neptune||Poseidon of Melos|
|Poseidon (Neptune), 4th Century Vase||Poseidon's Wedding to Amphitrite|
|Poseidon (Neptune) from the Parthenon|
|Temples of Poseidon|
|Sounion Temple of Poseidon (Neptune)||Temple of Poseidon (Neptune) at Paestum|