Greek Names Of God

Names of Greek Gods and Goddesses – Apollo

Names of Greek Gods - Apollo

Names of Greek Gods – Apollo

Apollo (Greek: Ἀπόλλων; Latin: Apollō) is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in ancient Greek and Roman religion, Greek and Roman mythology, and Greco–Roman Neopaganism. Apollo is the ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), and has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu.

Names of Greek Gods - Apollo

Names of Greek Gods – Apollo

Apollo was the patron of Delphi, the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague. Apollo is the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses and director of their choir, Apollo also functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. The god Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.

In Hellenistic times, Apollo became known Apollo Helios, being identified among Greeks with Helios, Titan god of the sun, and his sister Artemis similarly equated with Selene, Titan goddess of the moon.

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Names of God – Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses List

Names of God - Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses List

Names of God – Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses List


List of ancient Greek gods and goddesses:

Ancient Greek name

English name


Ἀφροδίτη (Aphroditē)

Greek Name of God - Aphrodite


The ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty and desire. Daughter of Zeus. She was depicted as a beautiful woman. Her symbols include the rose, scallop shell, pomegranate, and myrtle wreath. Her sacred animal is the dove.
Ἀπόλλων (Apóllōn)

Greek Name of God - Apollo


The ancient Greek god of music, healing, plague, the sun, prophecies, and poetry; associated with light, truth and the sun. He is Artemis’ twin brother and Hermes’ elder (half)brother, and son of Zeus and Leto. He was depicted as a handsome, beardless youth with long hair and various attributes including a laurel wreath, bow and quiver, raven, and lyre.
Ἄρης (Árēs)

Greek Name of God - Ares


The ancient Greek god of war, bloodshed, violence, manly courage, and civil order. The son of Zeus and Hera, he was depicted as either a mature, bearded warrior dressed in battle arms, or a nude beardless youth with helm and spear. His attributes are golden armour and a bronze-tipped spear. His sacred animals are the vulture, venomous snakes, alligators, dogs, and boars.
Ἄρτεμις (Ártemis)

Greek Name of God - Artemis


Ancient Greek 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 usually depicted as a young woman dressed in a short knee-length chiton and equipped with a hunting bow and a quiver of arrows. In addition to the bow, her attributes include hunting spears, animal pelts, deer and other wild animals.
Ἀθηνᾶ (Athēnâ)

Greek Name of God - Athena


The ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, warfare, battle strategy, heroic endeavour, handicrafts and reason. According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus’s head fully formed and armoured. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and a spear. Her symbol is the olive tree.
Δημήτηρ (Dēmētēr)

Greek Name of God - Demeter


The ancient Greek goddess of agriculture, horticulture, grain and harvest. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus, by whom she bore Persephone. She was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and a torch. winged serpent and the lotus staff. Her sacred animals are pigs and snakes.
Διόνυσος (Diónysos)

Greek Name of God - Dionysus


The ancient Greek god of wine, parties and festivals, madness, chaos, drunkenness 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. Animals sacred to him include dolphins, serpents, tigers, and donkeys. A later addition to the Olympians, in some accounts he replaced Hestia.
ᾍδης (Hádēs)

Greek Name of God - Hades


Ancient Greek king of the Underworld and god of the dead and the hidden wealth of the Earth. His consort is Persephone and his attributes are the key of Hades, the Helm of Darkness, and the three-headed dog, Cerberus. The screech owl was sacred to him. Despite being the son of Cronus and Rhea and the elder brother of Zeus, as a chthonic god he is only rarely listed among the Olympians. The name Pluto became more common in the Classical period with the mystery religions and Athenian literature. He did not have a throne inOlympus, but is still very known for being one of the three sons of Cronus.
Ἥφαιστος (Hphaistos)

Greek Name of God - Hephaestus


Crippled ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry, sculpture and volcanism. The son ofHera by parthenogenesis, he is the smith of the gods and the husband of the adulterousAphrodite. He was usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs—the tools of a smith—and riding a donkey. His symbols are the hammer, tongs, and anvil. His sacred animals are the donkey, the guard dog and the crane.
Ἥρα (Hra)

Greek Name of God - Hera


The ancient Greek queen of the gods 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 beautiful woman wearing a crown and veil and holding a royal, lotus-tipped staff. Her sacred animals are the heifer, the lion, the peacock, and the cuckoo.
Ἑρμῆς (Hērmēs)

Greek Name of God - Hermes


The ancient Greek god of travel, messengers, trade, thievery, cunning wiles, language, writing, diplomacy, athletics, and animal husbandry. He is the messenger of the gods, apsychopomp who leads the souls of the dead into Hades’ realm, and the son of Zeus andMaia. 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.
Ἑστία (Hestía)

Greek Name of God - Hestia


Virgin ancient Greek goddess of the hearth, home and cooking. She is a daughter of Rhea and Cronusand sister of Zeus. She was depicted as a modestly veiled woman, whose symbols are the hearth and kettle. In some accounts, she gave up her seat as one of the Twelve Olympians in favor of Dionysus.
Ποσειδῶν (Poseidōn)

Greek Name of God - Poseidon


The ancient Greek 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 andHades. In classical artwork, he was depicted as a mature man of sturdy build with a dark beard, and holding a trident. The horse and the dolphin are sacred to him.
Ζεύς (Zeus)

Greek Name of God - Zeus


The ancient Greek 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, whom he overthrew after Cronus swallowed his brothers and sisters and he is brother-husband to Hera. 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.

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(Names of God – List of ancient Greek gods and goddesses)