Quiz: Can You Name the Major Greek Gods and Goddesses From a One Sentence Description?
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Can You Name the Major Greek Gods and Goddesses From a One Sentence Description?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

Think you know your ancient Greek goddesses and gods? There's a whole wacky pantheon of iconic characters to contend with. Rather than any being ultimately good or evil, each are complex and have numerous strengths, flaws and complex relationships with both other deities and the mortals on earth. While these powerful characters used to define ways of life for the ancient Greeks and were considered to exist without question, it is a different story these days. Now the temples of these old gods are filled with tourists, rather than believers.    

Ancient people created gods, goddesses and belief systems to explain everything from sickness to thunder to luck to death, as they did not have the benefit of modern technology with which to explore and understand the world around them. People believed that problems large and small were caused by displeasing gods and could be fixed by regaining their favor. If there was a drought, obviously a god was unhappy and when that drought ended, it meant that the people had been able to repair their relationship with them. There was a godly explanation for everything from love, to war, to the very seasons.  

If you're a Greek mythology buff, see if you can guess these famous gods from only a single sentence! 

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The king of the gods is:
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Which deity can be described as "Mother Earth"?
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She is the goddess of beauty, pleasure and love.
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Who is the god of the sea?
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She is a goddess of discord:
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He is a god of the chaos of war.
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Who is the queen of the Greek gods?
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Who is a god of sexual desire?
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This god is a satyr associated with nature and sex:
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Who is the god of the dead?
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This goddess is the queen of the underworld.
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Which primordial deity is associated with time?
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Which god literally carries the world on his shoulders?
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He is a god of the arts, manly beauty and archery.
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Who is the goddess of insanity?
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He is the god of the ocean.
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She is a goddess of witchcraft and necromancy.
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She is a virgin goddess of the hunt.
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Which god was given the task of creating mankind?
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She is a goddess of wisdom, skill, peace and strategy in warfare.
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_______ is the goddess of agriculture, harvest, nourishment and growth.
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He is the god of wine, theater, ecstasy and chaos.
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Who is the god of fire and metalworking?
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Who is known as the messenger of the gods?
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Who is the virgin goddess of the hearth and chastity?
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This primordial deity is the nothingness from which everything came:
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She is the goddess of vengeance:
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She is the goddess of night:
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He is the god of the deepest darkest pit of the Underworld:
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He is the personification of the sky:
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Who ferries dead souls into the underworld?
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Who is a god of the sun?
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She is a goddess of magic.
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Who is the goddess of the moon?
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He is the shapeshifting god of dreams:
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