Greek Gods Facts for Kids – 5 Great Facts about Greek Gods

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Ancient Greeks had lots and lots of gods and goddesses so here are five great Greek gods facts for kids.

Greek Gods Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Athena

Athena was the god of wisdom and she was associated with owls. Athena is the reason we consider owls to be wise animals. The myth of Athena says she struck the earth with her spear and caused the first olive tree to grow. She gave it as a gift to the Greeks telling them the wood could build them strong houses and be burned to create heat in the winter. The fruit of the trees, olives, were also enjoyable and the oil from olives were useful for cooking.

The Greeks loved Athena’s gift and named their city after her. Athens, the capital city of Greece, is still named after her today. What a way to say thank you!

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Athena the Greek goddess

Greek Gods Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Apollo

Apollo was the god of music and light. It was believed that Apollo created the role of oracle at Delphi. The Oracle at Delphi was a person who would answer important questions about the future through talking to the god Apollo. But how did Apollo get someone for this role?

The myth says that Apollo turned himself into a dolphin and took charge of a ship, driving it to the dock at Delphi. There the crew were made to work as the Oracle at Delphi. The place, Delphi, is named after dolphins.

What an odd way to get a job!

Greek Gods Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Zeus

Zeus was the king of the Olympians and the god of thunder. It was believed that if Zeus was in a bad mood the weather would become stormy. He would also throw lightening bolts at people who angered him!

These thunderbolts were said to be made by the cyclops, a one eyed monster.

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Greek Gods Facts for Kids: Greek god Zeus throwing lightnings from heaven

Greek Gods Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Pan

Pan was the god of harmony and wild nature. He was know for causing fun and joy but he was also apparently very scary at times. Pan’s voice was scary enough to scare away the enemies of the gods. Pan sometimes even caused humans to run from him in fear as they panicked.

This is how we got the word panic, from his name, Pan.

Greek Gods Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Greeks used to Throw Massive Festivals for Gods

The Greeks would throw massive festivals to celebrate and praise the gods. These celebrations would start with a parade to the temple.  Then they would play music and have a delicious feast of nice foods.

The Olympics started as one of these festivals. The first ever Olympics was a sporting competition created in honour of Zeus, the king of the gods. Athletes would promise to follow the rules in an oath given in front of a statue of Zeus and gifts were offered to Zeus during the festival.

The Olympic torch which is lit at the start of each Olympic games even now is a tribute to Hera, the wife of Zeus.

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Greek armored soldiers are fighting during the competitions

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Greek Gods as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these Greek Gods are, you can move on to learn about ancient civilizations like: The Inuit, The Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Viking Warriors, Celts and Egyptians

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