Origins of Greek Gods and Goddesses (Who Aren't American, British, or Canadian) by VaccaD

Champion(s):

KelsoT
I have to have a motto? NO ONE TOLD ME I HAD TO HAVE A MOTTO!


Runner(s)-Up:

Guynemer
Odi ergo sum

PahkJ

BishopA
I can name 200 popes but only 6 digits of pi.

WellsW
If you ain't first, you're last

GrossB
Illegitimi non carborundum.

BahnamanS
Taz'dingo!

minarik15

SpraragenM
Ayn davar, zeh lo norah.


Quiz Description

When it comes to weird origin stories and retcons, comic book characters have nothing on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Given information about the origin of a god or goddess, name the deity.

I'd prefer Greek names, but Roman names are acceptable unless used as a clue elsewhere in the question.

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Questions:

The origins of the Olympians usually begin with WHAT PRIMAL EARTH GODDESS, before whom, according to Hesiod, there was only Chaos?

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GAIA

WHAT GOD was identified by Hesiod as the fourth-oldest god in existence? He became younger in subsequent stories; Aristophanes identified him as a son of the night goddess Nyx, later Greek accounts made him a son of Aphrodite, and his Roman counterpart Cupid was often portrayed as a child.

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EROS

The goddess from Question 1 married the primal sky god Uranus, and then persuaded their son Cronus to murder and castrate his father. Uranus's testicles were thrown into the sea, which produced a white foam that became WHAT DEITY?

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APHRODITE

Cronus and his sister/wife Rhea ruled over a golden age, until his mother told him he was fated to be overthrown by his children, just as he overthrew Uranus. Accordingly, Cronus sought to devour his six children -- Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, and WHAT GODDESS who is usually overshadowed by her more famous siblings?

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HESTIA

Zeus escaped Cronus, rescued his siblings, and married his sister Hera and had many children, some of them with Hera. WHAT GOD, the father of Phobos and Deimos (whose names mean "Fear" and "Terror"), is the god most frequently identified as a son of Zeus and Hera?

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ARES

Another son of Zeus and Hera, at least in some stories, was WHAT DEITY, patron of blacksmiths, artisans, fire, and volcanoes? (The Romans called him Vulcan.) In other stories, Hera bore him without male assistance.

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HEPHAESTUS

In some sources, another child of Zeus and Hera was WHAT GODDESS OF YOUTH, who initially served as the cupbearer to the gods? In other stories, Hera unilaterally conceived her after eating a particularly tasty piece of lettuce.

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HEBE

WHAT DIVINE FIGURE, the daughter of the titans Oceanus and Tethys, was prophesied to mother a son who would surpass his father? Zeus slept with her anyway, knocked her up, and (learning nothing from Cronus's fate) attempted some retroactive birth control by swallowing her whole, later suffering tremendous headaches as a result.

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METIS

Zeus's headaches became so severe he asked his son from Question 6 to smash him in the head with a hammer. This he did, which caused WHAT CHILD OF ZEUS to emerge full-grown from Zeus's head? In armor, no less. (Fortunately for Zeus, she turned out to be female and thus not the prophesied son.)

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ATHENA

Zeus also knocked up the mortal princess Semele. Hera tricked Semele into forcing Zeus to appear in his true form, destroying her with lightning. Zeus took the surviving embryo and implanted it in his thigh, later giving birth to WHAT GOD of fertility, theater, and wine and the youngest of the major Olympian gods?

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DIONYSUS

Zeus also disguised himself as Amphitryon of Thebes so he could bonk Amphitryon's wife Alcmene. Amphitryon himself slept with Alcmene that same night, causing her to bear fraternal twins with different fathers -- Amphitryon's son Iphicles and WHAT DIVINE HERO (and future husband of the goddess in Question 7) who was originally named Alcides?

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HERACLES

Not every later divine origin involves Zeus sleeping with women. Described by Homer as "the loveliest born of the race of mortals", WHAT SON of King Tros and a river nymph was swept up to Olympus and rewarded with immortality and eternal youth when Zeus decided to try batting for the other team for a while? He replaced the goddess in Question 7 as cupbearer of the gods. (edited at 8:17 am, January 20, 2016 (PST))

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GANYMEDE