Have you ever wondered about the most powerful Greek Gods ever? For as long as humans have existed, we’ve always wondered what (or who) might exist outside what we know. Every society has their own thoughts as to where we came from, what our purpose is, and who controls our destiny. The Greeks were no exception. In fact, they had several gods and goddesses they worshiped. Curious to learn more about these deities? Here are 25 Most Powerful Greek Gods Ever!
Hestia (Goddess of Hearth and Home)
In ancient Greece, were you to enjoy a happy home life and delicious food, you might have found yourself wondering whom to thank; well, Hestia would be your goddess. At one point, Apollo and Poseidon fought for her hand in marriage. She refused both of them and remained an eternal virgin at Zeus’s hearth per her request.
At one point in Greek mythological history, there was an epic battle between the Titans and the Olympian gods for control over the heavens. Well, the Olympians won and Zeus condemned Atlas (as the leader of the Titans) to hold the heavens on his shoulders as punishment. That’s right, Atlas held the heavens on his shoulders, not the earth as is the common misconception. (Granted, the earth is much easier to depict in sculpture than the heavens.)
Eros (God of Love)
The origin of the god of love is unclear. Some sources have him coming from Chaos (like Gaia and Uranus); others say he was the son of Aphrodite and either Ares or Hermes. Many depict Eros as having a bow and arrow that he could shoot and make anyone fall in love with anyone else.
Many people also associate Eros with the goddess Psyche. Story goes that Eros was sent by Aphrodite to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest creature on earth. (Jealousy is a powerful motivator.) Eros ended up falling in love with her instead. Eventually, after difficult and tumultuous challenges that make up most love stories, Eros and Psyche were united and even ended up having a child named Hedone, which, if you’re curious, means bliss.
Cronus (King of Titanes/God of Time)
Remember the god who castrated his father, Uranus, on his mother’s orders? Well, that was Cronus. After Uranus was out of the way, Cronus took over control of the universe. With his sister Rhea, he had several children, many of whom are on this list.
There was a prophecy that warned Cronus that one of his children would grow up to overthrow him. Therefore, whenever one of his children was born, he would swallow them. When Zeus was born, Rhea hid him and gave Cronus a stone instead. When Zeus grew up, he rescued his siblings and overthrew Cronus.
Commonly referred to as Hercules, this Greek hero had all the usual trauma of being a Greek god: betrayal, intrigue, love, madness…
Heracles was the son of Zeus and Alcmene (who was the granddaughter of Perseus) and therefore the next in line to be ruler of Greece. However, Zeus’s jealous wife Hera tricked Zeus, and their son Eurystheus became king instead. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end to Hera’s wrath towards Heracles and his very existence. At one point, Hera struck Heracles with a madness that caused him to kill his wife and children and put himself in servitude to Eurystheus. His story’s not exactly as Disney tells it.