Ancient gods and goddesses make up an interesting mythological aspect of our history and are said to have once ruled our world. Famous gods and goddesses include Zeus, Aphrodite, Hades and Hermes, but there are other ancient figures to be studied as well!
Here's a fun fact for the day: Did you know that Nike (the popular shoe brand) was actually the name for the "winged goddess?" She was known for her athletic abilities and was the daughter of Styx and Pallas, who was a Titan. Other goddesses were known for childbirth, fertility and love. For example, Aphrodite was the goddess of love, while Eileithyia was the goddess of childbirth.
It's also important to note that Chaos was considered to be the first god to ever exist, and that everything we know of today originated from Chaos. He first created the five deities, which are night, darkness, Earth, love and the Underworld. From there, the Ocean, Heavens and light were also created. Other famous ancient gods include Apollo, Ares, Atlas and Deimos.
This quiz will look at 35 different gods and goddesses who were said to have ruled over various aspects of our world during mythological times. Think you can name them all? Try this quiz now to find out!
Ares was the god of war and was also symbolized as a spear and a helmet. Thrace was his place of origin.
Chaos created five deities, which were darkness, night, Earth, love and the Underworld (also known as Tartarus). He's also considered to be the first gods to ever exist, since everything was born from Chaos.
Castor and Polydeuces were twin brothers who shared different fathers but the same mother. Their mother was Leda; Polydeuces' father was Zeus, and Castor's father was Tyndareus, a mortal.
Nicknamed The East Wind, Eurus was known for the "unlucky east wind." He was also known as Anemoi.
Hades ruled over the Underworld, as well as the "Dead," and the "Riches." He was the child of Cronus and Rhea.
The god of sleep was Hypnos, who was the child of night (Nyx) and darkness (Erebus). These two deities were created by Chaos.
Apollo ruled over many things, such poetry, medicine, music, light and archery. He also had a twin sister named Artemis.
Cronus and Rhea were Zeus' parents and were both Titans. Cronus also ruled over the cosmos during the Golden Age.
Deimos was the god of terror and dread and was the son of Ares, the god of war. Deimos is also the name of one of Mars' moons.
Also known as Aesymnetes, Dionysus was known for wine-making and the harvest of grapes. His parents were Zeus and Semele, who was a mortal.
Eos was known as the "dawn goddess" and had several children, including two sons: Phosphorus, the "morning star," and Hesperus, the "evening star."
Notus ruled over the South Winds and was the child of Eos and Astraios. His Roman name was Auster.
Alectrona was the daughter of Rhode and Helios and was known as the goddess of the sun. She was also nicknamed Electryone.
Nyx was one of five deities created by Chaos, and she was known as the goddess of the night. One of her children was Apate, the goddess of deceit.
Chaos was responsible for creating various deities, but Fruit was not one of them. He created love, night, darkness, Earth, the Underworld and eventually, light, the Ocean and the Heavens.
Enyo was nicknamed as the "sister of war" and fought battles with Ares, who was the god of war. Her parents were Hera and Zeus.
Gaea was actually one of the deities created by Chaos and was known as Earth. This is why she has the name "Mother Earth" or "mother goddess."
Selene was not a virgin goddess, but Athena, Artemis and Hestia were. Selene also embodied the personification of the moon.
Rhea was known for multiple aspects of motherhood, including fertility and comfort. She was also the wife of Cronus.
Tyche was not one of the nine Muses, but she was the goddess of fortune. Other Muses included Melpomene, Euterpe and Clio.
The Graces consisted of Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia, and represented several feminine traits, including beauty and elegance. Sterope was King Oenomaus' wife.
Styx overlooked the "River Styx," and was the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. She also had several children with Pallas, who was a Titan.
Eros was the god of love and commonly referred to as Cupid. He's also typically portrayed with a bow and arrow.
Hermes was known for several things, such as being a god of travelers and thieves, as well as being a source to the Underworld. His Roman name was Mercury.
If you're familiar with Hercules, Heracles was the same version of him in Greek mythology. His parents were Zeus and Alcmene.
Hephaestus was responsible for fire, metalworking and sculptures. He was also named Amphigúeis and was symbolized as a hammer.
Olympian gods were in the care of Paean, whose name means "healing." He was also said to treat Ares and Hades.
The four children of Styx were Zelus, Nike, Kratos and Bia. Helios was the god of the sun, and his parents were Theia and Hyperion.
Known as the "Queen of Heaven," Hera overlooked marriage, birth and the Heavens. She also had several children with Zeus, including Ares, Eris and Enyo.
Eileithyia was the personification of childbirth and the child of Hera and Zeus. She also had several siblings, including Ares, Eris and Hephaestus.
Cybele was the goddess of various aspects of nature, including mountains and animals. She was also symbolized as a cymbal.
Demeter had the name Thesmophoros and was the goddess of agriculture. She was also the child of Cronus and Rhea.
Iris was a goddess who embodied the rainbow and was viewed as a bridge between Mount Olympus and the mortal world. She was also the assistant of Hera.
Aphrodite had the Roman name Venus and was considered to be the goddess of love. She was also depicted as a dove.
You might be familiar with Nike as a popular brand of shoes, but did you know that the name stems from the "winged goddess" Nike? She was the daughter of Pallas and Styx and was known for her athletic abilities.