Either way, her vows did not stop her from having many affairs.

Many stories about how the Greek gods behaved and interacted with humans are found in the works of Homer. He created two epic poems: the , which related the events of the Trojan War, and the , which detailed the travels of the hero Odysseus. These two poems were passed down orally over many generations.

Gods and mortal men found her charms simply irresistible.

Some saidthat  forced her into the marriage; others, that she chose himherself.

The swan and the dove were both symbols of her grace.

Myths helped explain how the world came to be the way it was. In one myth, Zeus created an incredibly beautiful and nearly perfect woman named Pandora. Her one flaw was that she was very curious and suspicious. Hermes, Zeus's messenger, gave Pandora a golden box. He warned her never to open it because terrible things would occur if she did.

He is calledthe "most Greek of all the gods".

But Pandora could hardly contain her curiosity and eventually broke down and opened the special box. Out from the box flew all the evils that plague humanity: famine, greed, pain, sorrow, etc. Only one thing remained in the box — hope — which humans managed to hold on to. This myth explains the origins of human misfortune. At the same time, it teaches a moral lesson by warning of the dangers of curiosity.


Also unlike the other gods, Demeter's existence was bittersweet.

Typically, the gods punished those who were bad. For example, Tantalus who killed his own son and served him to the gods for dinner was sent to Hades and made forever thirsty and hungry. Although there was a pool of clear, fresh drinking water at his feet, whenever Tantalus bent down to drink, the pool would dry up and disappear.

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He wasalso known for his less than satisfying marriage to love goddess, the unfaithfulAphrodite, as well as his role in the stories of Pandora and Prometheus.

In the fall and winter, she mourned her daughter, .

Hephaestus was a kindly, peace-loving god of steady, stable temperament,popular both on earth and on Olympus. In Roman mythology, Hephaestus was known as Vulcan (which means fire),and was the god of volcanic fire; he was also called Mulsiber.

At times her different duties contradict one other.

For another task, he had to clean the filth from Augean stable, which had not been attended to in 30 years. To do this, Hercules diverted the course of a river that washed away the mess. In the end, he completed the so-called 12 Labors of Hercules and made up for the murder of his family.

This is strange behavior for the protector of maidens.

But having learned skills from Hephaestus, famed for his work and craftsmanship,they now, free from care, peacefully live year by year in their houses.

Athena's animal was the wisest of birds, the owl.

A skilled blacksmith andartisan, he was most known for his devotion to his forge, where he craftednot only decorative jewelry, drinking vessels, furniture, but also weapons(including Zeus' thunderbolts) and armor for the gods and heroes.