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Also known as ENOSICHTHON

A picture showing the legend of POSEIDON taken from our Greek mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Greek Gods, Greek Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Lusty God of the Ocean and patron of sailors

This crusty old seagod took charge of the waves while his brothers ZEUS and HADES plumped for the earthy bits.

Feared by sailors, he can cause storms and shipwrecks with the aid of his three-pronged trident, but if he's in a good mood he can soothe the sea to sleep.

For reasons that have so far eluded us, POSEIDON the Sea God is well-known for his love of horses. Yes, you read correctly. Horses. Not fish. Not dolphins. Not even seahorses. He likes horses. Land-based galloping mammals. Without fins. It's hard to image this burly old salt cooing over a pony, but perhaps he's not such a bluff rugged cove as his image suggests.

He's the father of many gods and heroes — and of course horses — including THESEUS, TRITON, POLYPHEMUS, ORION and PEGASUS. His wife is the reluctant AMPHITRITE but he still leaps from one lusty affair to the next. With Iphimedeia he produced the ill-fated ALOADAE twins OTUS and EPHIALTES. DEMETER presented him with ARION and DESPOENA. And so on. Sea air is obviously good for the libido. Check out his flowing beard and ruddy complexion.

Under the Romans, POSEIDON was poised and ready to become NEPTUNE.

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Article last updated on 26 April 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ENOSICHTHON
Popularity index : 2460

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