The Sky Gods of Greek Mythology

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 19 March 2023

Did you know that there was not just one deity for the night sky, but numerous gods, titans and nymphs all responsible for different aspects of the night sky, the winds and the seasons?

When you think of the Greek god of the sky, or the sky in Greek mythology, you probably first think of Zeus, the god of the sky, thunder and lightning and king of the gods, and you might also think of Hera, queen of the sky and goddess of the air. However, there were numerous other deities, ranging from the primeval beings of the earliest time in the universe, the titans, to the nymphs that presided over all aspects of the sky, the seasons, the stars, and the winds and breezes. It wasn’t just the seasons and the daytime phenomena attributed to different deities, but the night sky too.

All of these different deities played their parts under the reign of Zeus - and ancient writers would reference the king of the gods as presiding over all these different aspects of nature - which is why we are apt to think only of Zeus as the Greek sky god today. But, as we’ve seen, there were many others at work all through the day and night ensuring the universe kept working as it should.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00 Introduction
1:04 The First Sky Deities
2:36 Gods and Nymphs of the Sky
5:09 Gods of the Night Sky
6:43 Outro

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Zephyrus https://www.worldhistory.org/Zephyrs/
Boreas https://www.worldhistory.org/Boreas/
Greek Mythology https://www.worldhistory.org/Greek_Mythology/
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Eos https://www.worldhistory.org/Eos/

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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