Poseidon, brother of Zeus, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Demeter, was best known as the ferocious god of the seas and earthquakes. He carried a trident, which he used as a weapon. He was associated with bulls and horses.
According to myth, Poseidon and Athena were involved in a contest for control of the city of Athens and its surrounding region of Attica. The contest took place on the Athenian Acropolis. Athena created an olive tree from the touch of her spear on the ground. Poseidon created a salt spring by stabbing the ground with his trident. The Athenians declared Athena victorious because olives were an essential product to the life and economy to the city. Although Poseidon lost, he was still important to the Athenians as they were seafarers, and continued to worship him in the sanctuary of the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis. Supposedly, the marks from his trident were visible.
God of the Sea
- Home: Aegean Sea
- Offsrpring: Aiolos, Asopos, The Daimones Proseoous, Despoine, Proteus, The Telkhines, Triton, The Giants
- Roman Name: Neptune