The Greek gods ruled over every aspect of Hellenic existence—from war to love, from childbirth to the afterlife. Commonly depicted in human form, they were capricious deities who demanded worship and sacrifice to stave off misfortune and ruin.
The primary deities of the Greek pantheon, who ruled from Mount Olympus.
The twelve Olympians consist of most of the major gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon. Immortals who ruled their human subjects from on high, they were constantly fighting, fooling, and having affairs with each other, often with dire consequences.
Human beings doomed to die who lived at the mercy of the gods
The mortals of Greek mythology included kings and queens, prophets, healers, warriors, and peasants. Unlike gods, all mortals were fated to eventually die, but many of them achieved great fame (or infamy) while they lived.
Legendary beasts, animals, and humanoids of ancient Greek mythology
Greek mythology is full of strange and often terrifying creatures, some born at the very beginning of the cosmos. Many of these creatures terrorized mortals until they were slain by brave gods or heroes.