Rank of Greek Gods













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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Realize that putting the gods in some order of importance depends on what criteria you use to rank them.
If you use chronological, in terms of influence or power,in terms of responsibility, in terms of number of festivals held, the number of temples built, the number of worshipers, each one of these criteria will give you a different order.
For example in terms of the power to compell, Eros was the most powerful since no one could resist his urges of lust. But everything was subject (a later story) to the Moraies, the three constructors of fate, so nothing could resist them. Or how about physical power, Zeus bragged that he could with one arm pull the other Olympian gods up to Olympias no matter how they resisted, And then there was gratitude. Zeus was the leader because he rescued all his brothers and sisters from their father's stomach, so they owed their existance to him. The rank below is in two tables because in one the ranking is by influence, and in the other the ranking is by political clout and legal precedence, and is confined to the Olympian gods only.


The Olympians:

(After Hesiod)

Aphrodite
Apollo
Ares
Artemis
Athena
Demeter
Hades
Hestia
Hermes
Persephone
Posideon
Zeus

Greek God Ranks by Influence:

(After Hesiod)

Chaos
Eros
Aphrodite
Zeus
Athena
Poseiden
Hades
Dionysus
Demeter
Apollo
Hermes
Hera

The Rank of Greek Gods by Political Power and Legal Precedence:
Zeus
Athena
Poseiden
Hades
Hera
Aphrodite
Dionysus
Demeter

Click on their Roman Equivalents to see the Roman gods which would have roughly the same rank in later Roman times, among the aristocracy.



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