Before the other 4 gods cursed us and got angry with us or start fighting each other. We are going to showcase the traditional and ancient artwork of Greek gods and legends. This is the volume 2 and the last post in this series. In this post we give the detail of Greek gods Poseidon, Aphrodite, Hestia and Hephaestus. Artists and painters draw and create these legends to renew the history and also these historical and powerful characters use in the video games like god of war in which you can see these true legends in action. And if you watch the latest Hollywood movie Clash of The Titans, you can see these legends fighting and try to control the humans against them. Every artist or designer has his own vision and thinking to draw these legends. Lets have a look of “Ancient Greek Legends” Showcase of Conceptual Artwork .
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The world is civilized now. Civilized enough to believe on one god. But there was a time like in ancient Greece or in the massive and huge Roman Empire, when people worship more than one god and also create there conceptual portraits and pictures to praise them more. Also in these days the artists and designers paint and create those Greek Gods, movies about the roman gods, video game characters etc. We are going to gather these gods on one place. We don’t know what these gods are doing these days but you can have an idea after you see this powerful traditional and conceptual artwork, illustrations, drawings and painting about these roman iconic heroes and legends.
Poseidon was the god of the sea, storms, and as “Earth-Shaker” of earthquakes in Greek mythology. The name of the sea-god Nethuns in Etruscan was adopted in Latin for Neptune in Roman mythology both were sea gods analogous to Poseidon. Linear B tablets show that Poseidon was venerated at Pylos and Thebes in pre-Olympian Bronze Age Greece, but he was integrated into the Olympian gods as the brother of Zeus and Hades. Poseidon has many children. There is a Homeric hymn to Poseidon, who was the protector of many Hellenic cities, although he lost the contest for Athens to Athena.
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. According to Greek poet Hesiod, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus‘ genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the aphros (sea foam) arose Aphrodite.
Because of her beauty other gods feared that jealousy would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, and so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who was not viewed as a threat. Her unhappiness in marriage caused her to frequently seek out the companionship of her lover Ares. Aphrodite also became instrumental in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis’ lover and his surrogate mother.
Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two places, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed her birth. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Myrtles, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans are sacred to her. The Greeks identified the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor with Aphrodite.
In Greek mythology Hestia (Roman Vesta), daughter of Cronus and Rhea is the virgin goddess of the hearth and of the right ordering of domesticity and the family. She received the first offering at every sacrifice in the household. In the public domain, the hearth of the prytaneum functioned as her official sanctuary. With the establishment of a new colony, flame from Hestia’s public hearth in the mother city would be carried to the new settlement. She sat on a plain wooden throne with a white woolen cushion and did not trouble to choose an emblem for herself.
Hephaestus was a Greek god whose Roman equivalent was Vulcan. He is the son of Zeus and Hera (the King and Queen of the Gods). He was the god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Like other mythic smiths but unlike most other gods, Hephaestus was lame, which gave him a grotesque appearance in Greek eyes. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and he was worshiped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly in Athens. The center of his cult was in Lemnos. Hephaestus’s symbols are a smith’s hammer, an anvil and a pair of tongs, although sometimes he is portrayed holding an axe.