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Roman name: Neptune
Employment: God of the Sea
Place of residence: A fancy palace somewhere in the Aegean Sea
Parents: Cronus and Rhea
Marital status: Married to Amphitrite, a sea goddess, but had many affairs just like his brother Zeus
Offspring: Had many children including Triton, Theseus, Orion, Polyphemos and Arion
Symbol: Trident, horse, and dolphin
Special talent: Starting earthquakes & Shapeshifting into a horse to pursue women
- When Goddess Demeter turned into a mare to escape Poseidon’s pursuit, Poseidon also turned into a horse and mated with her, creating a talking horse baby, Arion.
- Athena became the patron goddess of Athens over Poseidon by giving the city an olive tree, which produced wood, oil, and food. Poseidon had given them a salt-water spring. Nice going, Poseidon.
- Poseidon cursed Olysseus to wander the seas for 10 years after the Trojan War in revenge for Olysseus blinding his son, the cyclops Poplyphemos.
Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.