"an amorous Greek god"
Greek Gods - Poseidon - etching
Public DomainGreek Gods - Poseidon - etching - Credit: Wenzel Hollar

In ancient Greece, different cities worshipped different deities, however 14 major gods and goddesses were recognised by most Greek people: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Athena, Hermes, Demeter, Hestia, and Hera. Greek religion mixed with Etruscan cult and beliefs to form much of the later Ancient Roman religion.


Greek Gods - Jupiter - etching
Public DomainGreek Gods - Jupiter - etching - Credit: Wenzel Hollar

 Greek mythology consisted largely of stories of the gods and of how they affected humans on Earth.  The mythology largely survived and was added to for the later Roman mythology. Greek mythology became popular in Christian post-Renaissance Europe, where it was often used as a subject by artists like Botticelli, Michelangelo and Rubens.