Greek - A sea-god, god of earthquakes and horses. One of the Olympians. Son of Cronos and Rhea. Brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Zeus. Husband of Amphitrite. He was said to have married Medusa in the days before she became a monster and when she was killed by Perseus it was Poseidon who created the winged horse, Pegasus, and the warrior, Chrysaor, which sprang from her body. Amphitrite ran away from his advances so he persuaded Delphinus to plead his case and she eventually agreed to marry him. In gratitude, Poseidon placed Delphinus in the heavens as the Dolphin. Like many of the other gods, he had numerous liaisons with other deities and mortals and, amongst others, was the father of: Aeolus by Melanippe Aethusa by Alcyone Agenor by Libya Amycus Anceaus by Astydamia Antaeus by Gaea Arion by Demeter Belus by Libya Bellerophon by Merope, some say Benthesicyme by Amphitrite Boeotus by Melanippe Busiris by Lysianassa Butes by Zeuxippe, some say Cercyon, some say Charybdis by Gaea Chrysaor by Medusa Chrysomallon by Theophane Cteatus by Molione Curetes by Thalassa, some say Cycnus by Calyce Dercynus Despoena by Demeter Edonus by Helle Ephialtes by Iphimedia Erechtheus by Zeuxippe, some say Eumolpus by Chione Euphemus by Europa Eurytus by Molione Evadne by Pitane Glaucus by Nais, some say Herophilus by Amphitrite Hippothous by Alope Hyperenor by Alcyone Hyreius by Alcyone, some say Ialebion Idas by Arene Lelex by Lybia Lotis Lycus by Celaeno Nauplius by Amymone Neleus by Tyro Nycteus by Celaeno, some say Orion by Euryale, some say Otus by Iphimedia Paeon by Helle Pegasus by Medusa Pelias by Tyro Periclymenus Persephone by Demeter, some say Philomena by Zeuxippe, some say Polyphemus by Thoosa Procne by Zeuxippe, some say Procrustes Proteus by Tethys, some say Pterelaus by Hippothoe Rhode by Amphitrite or Halia Sciron Scylla Theseus by Aethra Triopas by Canace Triton by Amphitrite When Demeter, tired of his attentions, changed herself into a mare, he changed into a stallion and fathered the winged horse Arion. In similar fashion, he changed Theophane into a ewe to make her unattractive to other suitors and mated with her in the form of a ram to produce the golden-fleeced ram, Chrysomallon, that later rescued Phrixus and carried him to Colchis. He killed the giant Polybutes during the battle between the giants and the gods. When Pelops was reconstituted by the gods after being cut up and served as a meal to them, Poseidon carried him off to Olympus as his lover. He owned a magic chariot with which he could drive over the surface of the sea and he lent this chariot to Pelops when he raced Oenomaus for the hand of his daughter Hippodamia. He also lent it to Idas for his abduction of Marpessa. He was compelled by Zeus to serve as a slave to King Laomedon for rebellion and with Apollo, who was similarly punished, helped to build the walls of Troy. When the king reneged on his promise of a reward for their labours, Poseidon sent a sea-monster every year which caused havoc until a young maiden was sacrificed to it. The king's daughter, Hesione, was one of those offered in sacrifice but she was saved by Heracles who killed the monster. Later, he supported the Greeks against the Trojans during the siege of Troy. It was he who caused Pasiphae, wife of Minos, to fall in love with the white bull he had sent to Minos, resulting in the birth of the Minotaur. He is credited with giving the horse to mankind and with instituting horseracing. The trident, his weapon and the symbol by which he is recognised, was given to him by the Cyclopes. He is depicted as bearded, wearing a crown of seaweed and carrying his trident. On occassion, identified as Poseidon, Earthshaker, Earthshaker, Poteidan, Poteidan, Asphalios, Asphalios, Enosichthon, Enosichthon, Enosigaios, Enosigaitos, Enosigaitos, Hippios, Hippios, Krenouchos, Krenouchos, Nymphagetes, Nymphagetes, Phytalmios, Phytalmios, Dionysus, Poseidaon, Poseidaon, Hindu Varuna, Hindu Varuna, Roman Neptune, Roman Neptune, Nethuns, Pylaochos or Pylaochos.

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