Who’s Your Favourite Olympian God or Goddess?

The Olympian Gods series is now over and here is your chance to vote for your favourite god or goddess. You may have made up your mind before you read my posts, then again may have changed your opinion after reading my interpretation of the multi-faceted and personality quirks of each. If you need a refresh, click on the names of each god/goddess. I, for one, am looking forward to the results.

The Council of Gods Raphael (1517-18)

The Council of Gods
Raphael (1517-18)

GODDESSES

Hera 
Athene
Hestia 
Artemis 
Demeter 
Persephone
Aphrodite

GODS

Hermes 
Ares 
Apollo 
Hephaistos 
Hades 
Poseidon 
Zeus

Once you have voted, I’d love to read your reason for the choice you made.

Sidenote: You may be wondering why I didn’t include Dionysos, god of wine, celebrations and ecstasy in the list of the pantheon. He was introduced much later into the realm of the gods and superseded Hestia. As she was one of the siblings and first born of the Olympian Gods, I felt it was only right to stick to the original 12 gods.

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21 thoughts on “Who’s Your Favourite Olympian God or Goddess?

  1. Persephone seems appropriate to our family at this moment in time. We acquire most of our vegetables, fruit, eggs and some meat from a CSA organics farm. We divide the share with our daughter, her husband and our Grandchildren. I have long had an abiding fascination with all things agrarian. This is especially true in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Enter Persephone and probably her mother, Demeter, as well. Hard to separate them when viewing planting, growing and the harvest.

    Your discussions of Mythology were interesting and evocative of an enjoyable and informative course I took in College. Thank you for a trip back in time as it were.

    Cheers,
    Richard Kennedy

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    • Hi Richard

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and insightful view on Persephone. Like you, we buy most of our fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat direct from the producers. I grew up in the country and my father was a market gardener and always appreciated the seasonal goods we got to eat. Even now, we try to grow our own seasonal produce.

      I am glad the posts on Mythology brought back good memories.

      regards
      Luciana

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  2. Hi
    You don’t have my Favourite but that is because he is a Titan, Prometheus. But you are looking for the Olympian Gods.

    I have been very partial to Apollo. He is associated with music and I started playing music since I was 10 years old so I elevate towards him since then. He was also always seen as the traditional male, an artist and romantic figure. Items I try and embody. 😉

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    • Nice Paul, and good role model to emulate 😀

      I am trying to decide whether to do a series on the Titans. They are quite interesting characters as well.

      Thanks Paul 😀

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  3. Hera. Her fate has always saddened me. It somehow tells the archetypal story of strong, not necessarily over-the-top beautiful women, not being ‘worthy’ of passionate, Twilight-style love and fidelity. Now I for one have been tying to get to the bottom of this problem through a lot of psychology research for a very long time. No, not personal experience – I so wish I were the Hera type – but the woman I love most, my mother, sure is. Maybe some bad archetypal karma comes with the package for this kind of women, forcing them into the villain role?
    As always, dear Luciana, just love your posts!

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    • Thank you so much Ana 😀

      The interesting aspect about Hera was that she was a much older deity going back to the Minoan pantheon of gods. Her attributes got twisted and changed from maternal based religion to a paternal one.

      I like your psychological explanation, and I do believe women like Hera are forced to behave this way to protect themselves emotionally and strike out at those who threaten them in some way. I don’t agree with what Hera did and the extremes but that is the point isn’t it? 😀

      I do enjoy your wonderful and insightful comments Ana 😀

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      • Dear Luciana, I’m always so glad to read from you. I don’t agree with Hera’s actions either. I sympathize with her on an emotional level though, since her husband always found foreign outlets for his passion and gave away the butterflies in his stomach to other women. Maybe I’m too influenced by mother’s similar destiny, but Hera holds a special place in my heart. I probably pity her for her wickedness… This post was a fantastic idea, opening the gates for interesting discussions.

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    • It’s that uncertainty which creates fear too. I love the way mythology explains what people may encounter when they die and in the case of Greek mythology, the three places a person can go to on their passing.
      Thank you for reading 😀

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  4. Hephaistos, because he’s the most like me. Thrown out of Olympia, he refused to come back until Dionysos got him drunk. I might have voted for Dionysos for the same incident, but you don’t have him up there. Too Johnny-come-lately?

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  5. Athene is my favorite… As the matter of fact, and as you should have noticed, the avitar of my blog profile is a sort of hybrid between Athene and Achilles…
    Excellent post… I am delighted with your blog; Luciana…
    Cheers, Aquileana 😉

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    • I smiled when I saw your avitar. I do like it.
      Thank you for the lovely compliment too Aquileana, very much appreciated.
      cheers
      Luciana 😀

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