Humanities › History & Culture Greek Gods Olympian Gods of Greek Mythology Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Ancient History and Culture Mythology & Religion Figures & Events Ancient Languages Greece Egypt Asia Rome American History African American History African History Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By N.S. Gill Ancient History and Latin Expert M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota B.A., Latin, University of Minnesota N.S. Gill is a Latinist, writer, and teacher of ancient history and Latin. She has been featured by NPR and National Geographic for her ancient history expertise. our editorial process N.S. Gill Updated June 15, 2017 In Greek mythology, Greek gods frequently interact with humans, especially attractive young women, and so you will find them in genealogy charts for the important figures from Greek legend. These are the main Greek gods you will find in Greek mythology: ApolloAresDionysusHadesHephaestusHermesPoseidonZeus Also see the Greek Gods' counterparts, the Greek Goddesses. Below you will find more information about each of these Greek gods with hyperlinks to their more complete profiles. 01 of 08 Apollo - Greek God of Prophecy, Music, Healing, and Later, the Sun Maciej Szczepanczyk Solar Apollo with the radiant halo of the Greek God of the Sun, Helios in a Roman floor mosaic, El Djem, Tunisia, late 2nd century. CC Maciej Szczepanczyk Apollo is a many-talented Greek god of prophecy, music, intellectual pursuits, healing, plague, and sometimes, the sun. Writers often contrast the cerebral, beardless young Apollo with his half-brother, the hedonistic Dionysus, god of wine. Apollo ProfilePicture Gallery of ApolloMore on ApolloHomeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo 02 of 08 Ares - Greek God of War Ares - Greek God of War in Greek Mythology. Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons. Ares is a war and violence god in Greek mythology. He was not well liked or trusted by the Greeks and there are few tales about him. While most of the Greek gods and goddesses are closely related to their Roman counterparts, the Romans revered their version of Ares, Mars. Ares ProfileMore on AresHomeric Hymn to Ares 03 of 08 Dionysus - Greek God of Wine Greek god Dionysus in a boat. Clipart.com Dionysus is the Greek god of wine and drunken revelry in Greek mythology. He is a patron of the theater and an agricultural/fertility god. He was sometimes at the heart of frenzied madness that led to savage murder. Dionysus ProfileMore on DionysusHomeric Hymn to Dionysus 04 of 08 Hades - Greek God of the Underworld Fragment of terracotta relief depicting the Greek god Hades abducting Persephone South Italian (from Locri); Greek, 470-460 B.C. New York; Metropolitan Museum. Credits: Paula Chabot, 2000From VROMA http://www.vroma.org/. Credits: Paula Chabot, 2000From VROMA http://www.vroma.org/ Although Hades is one of the Greek gods of Mt. Olympus, he lives in the Underworld with his wife, Persephone, and rules the dead. Hades is not the god of death, however. Hades is feared and hated. Hades ProfileMore on Hades 05 of 08 Hephaestus - Greek God of Blacksmiths An image of the god Vulcan or Hephaestus from Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Hephaestus is a Greek god of volcanoes, a craftsman, and blacksmith. He lusted after Athena, another craftsperson, and in some versions is the husband of Aphrodite. Hephaestus ProfileMore on HephaestusHomeric Hymn to Hephaestus 06 of 08 Hermes - Greek Messenger God An image of the Greek god Mercury or Hermes, from Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Hermes is familiar as the messenger god in Greek mythology. In a related capacity, he brought the dead to the Underworld in his role of "Psychopompos". Zeus made his thieving son Hermes god of commerce. Hermes invented various devices, especially musical ones, and possibly fire. Hermes ProfileMore on HermesHomeric Hymn to Hermes 07 of 08 Poseidon - Greek God of the Sea An image of the Greek god Neptune or Poseidon from Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Poseidon is one of the three brother gods in Greek mythology who divided the world among themselves. Poseidon's lot was the sea. As sea god, Poseidon is usually seen with a trident. He is the god of water, horses, and earthquakes and was considered responsible for shipwrecks and drownings. Poseidon ProfileMore on PoseidonHomeric Hymn to Poseidon 08 of 08 Zeus - King of the Greek Gods An image of the Greek god Zeus (or Jupiter) from Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Keightley's Mythology, 1852. Zeus is the father of Greek gods and men. A sky god, he controls lightning, which he uses as a weapon, and thunder. Zeus is king on Mount Olympus, the home of the Greek gods. Zeus ProfilePicture Gallery of ZeusMore on ZeusHomeric Hymn to Zeus Also see the Greek Gods' counterparts, the Greek Goddesses.