Have you ever wondered about the most powerful Greek Gods ever? For as long as humans have existed, we’ve always wondered what (or who) might exist outside what we know. Every society has their own thoughts as to where we came from, what our purpose is, and who controls our destiny. The Greeks were no exception. In fact, they had several gods and goddesses they worshiped. Curious to learn more about these deities? Here are 25 Most Powerful Greek Gods Ever!
Athena (Goddess of Wisdom and War)
The female counter part to Ares, Athena is the goddess of war, but also of so many other things: wisdom, courage, civilization, mathematics (now you know who to blame), strength, strategy, skill, and arts and crafts. One interesting thing about Athena is that she wasn’t born the normal way; instead she sprang forth from Zeus’s head fully grown and in armor. Despite causing Zeus the most massive headache, she is said to be Zeus’s favorite child. There is much more intrigue to her story, but she was quite revered in Athens and was considered the protector of their city and civilization.
Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt, Forests and Hills, the Moon, and Archery)
Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and the Titaness Leto. She was fierce and not to be crossed; as such, she was greatly honored in ancient Greece and was depicted as a bow-and-arrow-carrying virgin huntress who also protected animals and to some extent, women and children. The temple built in her honor is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Hera (Goddess of Marriage and Childbirth)
Not only was Hera the Goddess of Marriage and Childbirth, but as sister and wife of Zeus, she also was Queen of the Olympian gods. If you’ll recall from our discussion of Heracles, Hera was a very jealous and vengeful goddess. In fact, it was her viciousness that caused her to be more feared than loved. She had zero hesitation having someone literally torn to pieces (Dionysus), or turning them into an animal (Callisto) among many other wicked, spiteful deeds. At one point Zeus grew so angry at her that he hung her in the clouds with a golden chain and attached heavy anvils to her feet.
Aphrodite (Goddess of Love, Beauty, Pleasure and Procreation)
Aphrodite’s story is interesting, starting with her birth. While one story claims she was born of Zeus and Dione, another story is a bit crazier. Remember the story of Cronus successfully castrating Uranus? Well apparently, the blood and removed body parts fell into the ocean. The foam that was created from this gave birth to Aphrodite. (Okay, so maybe this story is more gross than interesting, but still…)
Most people know Aphrodite for her extreme beauty. She had many lovers and the center of her worship was in Corinth.
Demeter (Goddess of Agriculture, Grain, and Bread)
If you are a big fan of the Earth and what it can provide for you, Demeter would be your goddess.
One of the most common stories told about Demeter was her reaction when Hades kidnapped her daughter, Persephone. As one would expect, it wasn’t pleasant. Wrought with grief, Demeter relentlessly looked for her, and things just simply stopped growing and the seasons came to a stand-still. Eventually, Zeus had to intervene. Persephone was returned to her mother, but not before Hades tricked her into being bound to him for a third of the year. Can you guess which seasons fall during the times she has to return to him?
If you guessed either the hottest part of summer or the dead of winter when the land is threatened by drought and lack of vegetation, you would be correct.