Poseidon Facts – 46 Interesting Facts About Poseidon

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Fun Facts About Poseidon

He married Amphitrite who was a Nereid and she bore a son, Triton who was half human and half fish.

Poseidon along with Medusa created mythological creatures like Flying horse and Pegasus.

He is also the biological father of Pelias, Polyphemus, Orion, and a number off others

There are many tales of his carnal escapades and the most notable was with his sister Demeter who refused his advances and turned herself into a mare. Unfazed Poseidon turned himself into a stallion and pursued Demeter and the result was the birth of horse Arion.

It is a localized myth and the union also produces a daughter Despoina who incidentally was also a mare. The Demeter’s mare form is also worshipped in the historical times.

Poseidon and Athena were locked in a bitter feud for control of Athens and to augur support from the people of the city he made spring but Athena gifted the olive tree to the people of the city and she won the contest.

Skira, the priest of Athena and the priest of Poseidon would process under canopies to Eleusis and both decide to give a gift to the people off Athens

The Athenians or their king, Cecrops, accepted the olive tree and along with it Athena as their patron.

Along with olive tree came wood, oil and food.

In spite of his chariots and ships Poseidon had to suffer defeat at the hands of Athena.