Can You Name These Greek Gods and Goddesses from Visual Clues?

By: Mark Laufgraben
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About This Quiz

The awesome might of the Greek gods cannot be challenged! Oh, many have tried, from various mythological monsters and beasts (who you'll also find in here!) to the fury of the Titans themselves, but no one could match their divine power. Those who dare try soon find themselves banished to the netherworld, sealed behind runes of eldritch power, and kept away from the sunlit world forevermore. Pretty rough stuff, eh? So if that happens to those who seek to unseat the gods from their thrones, think of what will happen to *YOU* if you cannot match these Greek mythological figures to their proper emojis!

Just as each god and goddess has their own particular portfolio of powers and responsibilities, so too are they blessed (cursed?) with their own sacred emojis. Within the sacred pages of this quiz, you will find a divine challenge: match them correctly to their assorted smiley faces or symbols or be banished to Tartarus! 

It is a Herculean challenge to say the least. You need to be able to reason with the wisdom of Athena and puzzle using the cunning of Odysseus (or Ulysses, or whatever he's calling himself these days). But if you succeed against all odds, you will have won yourself a greater treasure than any mere mortal can imagine: Bragging Rights Among Your Friends!

Dionysus was a god of nature, but also of wild drunkenness and merriment. He was actually half mortal, and also presided over festivals and the theater. A wild and crazy guy to be sure!

Poseidon is well known for his role as god of the sea, but he was also god of rivers and other waters. In addition to this he was the lord of horses, and was also thought to be responsible for earthquakes.

Apollo was well known for being the sun god, but also was the god of health, music and beauty. He could do the opposite of health if he felt it necessary too, as demonstrated by him shooting bolts of plague from his bow in the Iliad.

Charon was the frightening ferry keeper whose job it was to guide the newly dead across the river Styx in the underworld. The dead would be buried with coins for Charon, so that they could give him the payment he demanded.

Morpheus was the winged god of dreams. Connected to, yet apart from, humanity, Morpheus was a shapeshifter who could take any form he wished. He is known in the modern age for his portrayal in Neil Gaiman's Sandman stories.

Prometheus was the Titan who formed mankind, doing so out of clay. He is thought of as being the Titan of forethought, but this did not save him from his terrible punishment for creating man- chained to a mountain where an eagle would devour his liver.

Typhon is the father of all mythological monsters, and the lord of volcanoes and storms. He battled Zeus personally atop mount Olympus as part of the gods' war with the Titans.

Hermes is the god of commerce, but also its opposite, thievery. He is connected with boundaries and their crossing, as well as language and writing, and is therefore one of the most human of the gods.

Uranus is the son (and husband!) of Gaia, and the father of the race of beings known as the Titans. He was the physical incarnation of the sky and stars. His ill-treated children would rebel against him, but he foresaw that they would themselves be overthrown in turn.

Gaia is the mother of the race of Titans, and she would prompt them to overthrow their tyrannical father, Uranus. She was the physical incarnation of the Earth itself, and correspondingly her name is often used to refer to our own world.

One of the three brothers of the Olympian gods' rebellion, Hades was assigned rule over the Underworld. He is the lord of death, and all dead humans enter his realm, from which no one returns.

Hephaestus is the deformed smith of the gods, who created their panoply. He created many of the artifacts used by the heroes of Greek myth, too. He is married to Aphrodite, and was enamored with Athena.

Athena is the goddess of wisdom, crafts and defensive warfare. She is seen as being extremely level-headed and rational, and was the patron goddess of the city state of Athens.

Nyx is the primordial goddess of night, and from her sprang most of the primeval gods and goddesses in the Greek pantheon. Like her fellow primordials, she was too far removed to see much direct worship from Greek women and men.

Thetis is a Nereid, one of the 50 sea nymph daughters of the sea god. She is most well known, however, for being the divine mother of Achilles, and it is her action that rendered him nearly immortal.

Scylla is one of the monsters of Greek myth. She was a great beast chained across a channel from the creature known as Charybdis, and the two presented a formidable obstacle for Odysseus and his men in "The Odyssey."

Nemesis is the Greek goddess of retribution, particularly against those who were unjustly successful or did not show proper homage to the gods. She was also known as Adrasteia, which means inescapable, as it was thought that none could shake her pursuit.

Zeus was the king of the gods, by virtue of the power of his thunderbolt. He was the god of lightning and storms, and ruled from atop Mount Olympus. It was he who plotted and executed the rebellion against the Titans.

Eris was the goddess of chaos and discord. It is believed that she was one of the triggering causes of the Trojan War - she sowed strife between Hera, Aphrodite and Athena, and started a contest that led to the kidnapping of Helen of Troy.

Arachne was a mere mortal who dared proclaim that she was the equal of the gods themselves at weaving. She dueled Athena, and according to myth their works were indeed equal... but the goddess made her realize her hubris, and she committed suicide. Taking pity on her, Athena turned her into a spider.

Ares is the Greek god of the madness of war. He is seen as chaotic, brutal and not very intelligent, and he is held up in opposition to Athena, who is also a war deity but otherwise his opposite in all respects.

The Minotaur was the legendary beast son of the king of Minos. He was half man, half bull, and was imprisoned in a cunningly wrought labyrinth. He was fed youths as sacrifices, until he was slain by the hero Theseus.

Deimos is the god of fear and terror, and the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He specifically is responsible for the feeling of dread felt by those in - or about to be in - mortal battle. He is the twin brother of Phobos.

The god of sexual love, Eros was thought to be the son of Aphrodite. He had wings, allowing him to show up anywhere and at any time. His Roman counterpart is better known to us - Cupid!

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and the sacred law. She is one of Zeus's sisters, and with him she had the child Persephone, who would go on to tragedy in a myth of her own.

Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and young girls. She was also the healer of disease in women and was widely venerated. Curiously, she was portrayed as a virgin goddess, but was also prayed to for help in childbirth.

Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, love, desire and all of the things that go with it. She was unhappily married to Hephaestus and was unfaithful to him on numerous occasions. Her victory in the tournament of the golden apple led to the Trojan War, due to the promises she made to the shepherd Paris.

Hera is the unquestioned queen of the Olympian gods, and the wife of Zeus. She is the patron of kings and empires, and while she is generally much more sober-minded than her husband, she is frequently portrayed as being angry at his infidelities.

Father of Zeus and lord of the Titan race, Cronus overthrew his father Uranus to become the divine ruler of the world. He was unable to prevent his own defeat, however, at the hands of his son Zeus and his brothers and sisters. He was god of the harvest and is portrayed with a sickle.

Tartarus was the deepest pit of darkness in the underworld, but was also seen as a primordial diety. It is in Tartarus that the defeated Titans were imprisoned, and it is there that they suffer eternally.

Atlas was the Titan charged with supporting the entire world - the literal globe - on his shoulders. It is not clear exactly what would happen should he lose his grip or abandon his responsibilities, but one assumes it would not go well for us.

Medusa was the one mortal sister of the trio of Gorgons: women whose gaze could turn men to stone. She was defeated and beheaded by the hero Perseus, who mounted her head atop his shield.

Polyphemus was the mighty one-eyed giant, known as a cyclops, who opposed the hero known as Ulysses. He threatened to kill the hero's men, but the wily Ulysses blinded him and made his escape.

Hecate is the goddess of magic and necromancy. She is envisioned as bearing a torch or a key, and was worshipped as a protector by the people of Athens. Her later statuary showed her in triple form, with three heads joined.

Helios was the Titan associated with the sun, and he was said to ride a mighty chariot across the sky, bringing light and heat to the world. After the war between the Titans and the gods, Apollo absorbed much of his portfolio.

Chiron was the wise centaur who trained Heracles. He was known for being surprisingly level-headed and calm for a centaur, who were creatures thought of as being wild and chaotic.

Heracles was the half-mortal son of Zeus, who made enemies of Hera and had to go through a series of labors to win the woman he loved. He is known for his exceptional strength.

Circe was a witch and sorceress who brooked no interference from mortal men: she would transform those who defied her into pigs! She was also said to be a nymph and semi-divine.

Ulysses was the champion of Athena and King of Ithaca. He is known both for his key role in the Trojan war - the horse was his idea - and his long years of wandering, cursed by the gods, in his attempt to come home.

Achilles was the son of the nymph Thetis, and upon his birth his mother dipped him in waters supposed to make him invincible. His heel was left uncovered, however, and he was slain by a poisoned arrow to the heel fired by Paris of Troy.

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