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Poseidon Poseidon according to Greek mythology was the god of the sea earthquakes and horses He also held his own appointed position among the great gods on Olympus Although he was officially one of the supreme gods of Mount Olympus he spent most of his time in his watery domain He was master not only of the sea but also of the lakes and rivers In a sense the earth belonged to him since his waters sustained it and he could shake it at will He was the son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea and the brother of Zeus and Hades Poseidon was the husband of Amphitrite who was one of the Nereids They had son who they named Triton Poseidon also had numerous other love affairs especially with nymps of spring and fountains He was the father of several children famed for their cruelty and wildness among them the giant Orion and the Cyclops Polyphmus Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa were the parents of the famous winged horse Pegasus Poseidon was a national god of the Ionians of the Peloponnese who brought him with them when they immigrated from Asia and was particularly worshipped in this part of Greece In Sparta he was even called Genethlios meaning the creator His worship was spread throughout Greece especially in maritime towns The horse the symbol of gushing springs and the bull were sacred animals to Poseidon In classical artwork Poseidon very much resembles Zeus He has a similar majesty with his bare chest grasping his trident He also has a long beard and is usually pictured with a dolphin at his side Poseidon had a prominent part in numerous ancient myths and legends When Zeus fought the Titans And the Giants Poseidon fought at his side and the giant Polybutes by hurling at him a fragment of cliff torn from the island of Cos which became the islet of Nisyros After the
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