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Modern Day Mount Olympus
Ceili Doyle, Chair
Zeus
Noted in history as the “greatest of the Olympian gods”, and the father of gods and men, Zeus is
a son of Cronos and Rhea, a brother of Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, and at the same
time married to his sister Hera. When Zeus and his brothers distributed among themselves the
government of the world by lot he gained the heavens and the upper regions, he is known for
throwing lightning bolts around when angry. Zeus is also well known for having one fling too
many with other goddesses and mortal women alike causing his wife, Hera, extreme jealousy
(e.g. Hercules). In this committee specifically he is the father of twins Artemis & Apollo,
Athena, Ares, Hephaestus, Hermes, and Perseus.
Poseidon
The god of sea is also a son of Cronos and Rhea, a brother of Zeus, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, and
Hera; however, he is married to Amphitrite and they have a son: Triton. Poseidon and his niece,
Athena, do not get along well after they had a competition to see who the Greek mortals would
name an extremely prominent town in the victors’ honor. That town was Athens, as the
Athenians chose Athena’s gift of the olive tree over Poseidon’s saltwater spring (and he is still
salty over it, centuries and centuries later). Additionally Poseidon does not get along with his
brothers Zeus and Hades very well and getting the three of them to compromise will be a
struggle.
Hades
Hades is the oldest of the six siblings born from Cronos and Rhea and is the god of the
underworld. Hades is known for his manipulative character and tricked his own wife
(Persephone) into eating a forbidden fruit in the Underworld that bound her to Hades for eternity.
Hades is also not a member of Mount Olympus (he is allowed to visit on Winter Solstice) but for
the purposes of this committee Hades has been allowed to come to Mount Olympus and speak on
these precarious situations.
Hera
The goddess of women and marriage is most well-known for her vengeful attitude toward her
brother and husband: Zeus’ myriad of affairs. She also one of the original six gods/goddess as a
daughter of Cronos and Rhea. Hera is not a woman you want to cross and she takes retribution
very seriously, her sacred animals are the cow, lion, and peacock. She is the mother of
Hephaestus and Ares.
Demeter
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The goddess of the harvest, Demeter, is the daughter of Cronos and Rhea and the sister of Zeus,
Poseidon, and Hades, as well as Hera and Hestia. Her daughter Persephone was tricked by Hades
into becoming his wife and in mourning Demeter caused the changing of the seasons. The most
beautiful and bright of times taking place during summer: the only period of time Demeter is
allowed to see Persephone outside of the Underworld).
Hestia
Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and the daughter of Cronos and Rhea. She is also the sister of
Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, as well as the sister of Hera and Demeter. In order to keep the peace
amongst the twelve major Olympians when Dionysus arrived, Hestia gave up her seat on Mount
Olympus in order to tend the hearth in the room. Hestia is very mild-mannered, and often a
forgotten goddess; however, she is one of the most respected goddesses throughout history and
receives the first offering of every sacrifice in every mortal household.
Aphrodite
The goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation is known for having arrived on the Earth
straight out of the foam of the sea. She is married to Hephaestus (noted for his ugly physical
appearance) because he was not seen as a threat to other men (mortals and gods alike). Despite
her marriage to Hephaestus Aphrodite has had many a fledging romance, most notably with Ares
(god of war) whose on again-off again relationship echoes the many tumultuous Hollywood
romances us mortals see in the media on a day-to-day basis.
Apollo
The god of sun, light, music, poetry, and a never ending list of attributes, Apollo, is the twin
brother of Artemis and the son of Zeus and Leto. He drives his chariot (also known lately as a
Camero) every morning to raise the sun and also doubles up as the god of Delphi Oracle. Apollo
is a bit of jokester and extremely fond of the arts and is often considered light-hearted in
comparison to his twin sister.
Artemis
Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, and the wild and the twin sister of Apollo and daughter of
Zeus and Leto. She is most well-known for leading and guiding girls into becoming independent
young women and she is an excellent shot. Artemis is usually very reserved and polite, but she is
passionate in what she stands for and is a huge advocate for women’s rights and protecting their
roles in society.
Athena
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Literally born from thought, Athena arrived into the world in a full suit of armor, her main assets
as the goddess of wisdom being her clever use of strategy in wartime. Athena is the patron
goddess of Athens and shares a deep dislike for her uncle, Poseidon.
Ares
The god of war, Ares, is an extremely volatile deity who is the son of Zeus and Hera and on and
off again lover of Aphrodite. His son Deimos is a bit of a wild child himself. Ares has a temper,
like a chip off the old block (Zeus is also known for his fiery rants) but Ares’ rages tend to last
much longer and pose a much larger threat to the peace and sanctity of the gods. He is a bit of a
loose cannon and definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Hephaestus
The god of blacksmiths and weaponry, Hephaestus is one of the major twelve Olympians and is
the son of Zeus and Hera. Despite his less than charming looks, Hephaestus is married to
Aphrodite. The god is very low-key and spends a lot of his time tinkering away on new gadgets
and the latest, cutting edge military technology. Hephaestus loves to spend his time detailing and
following through on his carefully laid out plans to build and create innovative wartime
inventions.
Hermes
The messenger of the gods, Hermes is also known for his cunning wit and as a patron of travelers
and thieves. Hermes serves his duty as one of the twelve major Olympians by acting as the
middleman between the world of deities and mortals. In a word Hermes is: chill. He works
usually for the benefit of all mankind and takes pride in outwitting the gods.
Dionysus
As the god of wine, Dionysus knows how to have a good time. His mother was a mortal but his
demi-god esque status doesn’t influence Dionysus’ flair for throwing a good ole party.
Arachne
A mortal woman turned spider, Arachne dared to defy the gods and paid with her life for
it. Athena challenged her to weave a tapestry under the confines that the loser would
never weave again; however Athena realized the beauty of Arachne’s talent and changed
her into a spider. Arachne still lives today, although in spider-form and has a lot to offer
to the gods about the lesson of humility and tempering their pride.
Eros
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Eros (better known as his Roman counterpart: Cupid) is the Greek god of love and is the
son of Aphrodite. He believes in the naïve yet inspiring notion of universal peace and
advocates for the gods to make up with one another and put their differences aside rather
than constantly fighting. He is also an avid matchmaker.
Hecate
The minor god with an attitude, Hecate was known as the Greek goddess of witchcraft
and sorcery. She and Zeus have a very special relationship and over the eons she has
received a lot of perks at his hand (literally depicted on old Greek currency). Hecate is
very free-spirited though and is a big proponent of minor gods receiving more rights at
the hands of the twelve major Olympians.
Pan
God of the wild, Pan, is part goat and part human and is a huge advocate for the
environment and using green technologies to promote a better understanding for saving
the environment and going green. Pan is a pacifist and hates wartime conflict. He is
currently teaming up with Hephaestus to create new green-friendly technology that he
hopes to spread amongst the mortals soon.
Aeolus
Aeolus is the ruler of the winds and he helps dictate and control the weather to the best of
his abilities. Aeolus is a minor god but an important and influential decision maker
amongst the gods; he too is fighting for more rights from the major twelve Olympians
and hopes to gain more freedoms during this committee.
Morpheus
The god of dreams has a special talent for being able to literally “morph” into any human
form he wishes. Morpheus is a minor god who throughout the centuries has had a large
role in meddling amongst mortal affairs. He also wants to gain more respect from the
major gods on Mount Olympus.
Circe
The goddess of magic and sorcery (a close friend of Hecate’s) is the daughter of Helios
and Perse and has zero tolerance for most men. Circe is a wild child by most means and
she is a minor god with a fiery zeal for my rights and freedoms similar to the twelve
major Olympians.
Nemisis
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The goddess of revenge, Nemisis is big believe in the concept of dear old Hammurabi’s
Code and that “eye an for eye” does not make the whole world blind, but rather is a fair
trade and that for everything lost something is gained and vice versa. She too would like
to see the minor gods have more respect from the Olympians and that maybe if they had
more respect tensions wouldn’t be running so high.
Deimos
The god of terror, Deimos is Ares son and is famous for riding alongside his father and
twin brother Phobos (god of fear) in Ares legendary war chariot. Deimos does not get
along well with Perseus (the son of Zeus) and there is a lot of tension brewing amongst
the two immortals.
Harmonia
Harmonia is the Greek goddess of harmony and concord. She believes in peace much like
Pan and tries to petition for the gods to listen to one another rather than disregard
everyone’s opinion but their own. She hopes that the minor gods and immortals will be
able to reach an agreement with the other, more powerful gods.
Perseus
The son of Zeus and mortal Danae, Perseus, is one of the original Greek heroes and
achieved immortal status after proving himself to the twelve Olympians after he
beheaded Medusa. Perseus has recently been fed up with Deimos terrorizing of innocent
Greeks and has had enough of his obscene behavior.