You’re Invited to Olympus Mall Where the Greek Gods Dwell and Sell
Far away on Mount Olympus lives the… Well, the Olympians — the twelve most important Greek dieties.
In ancient times, the Olympians and the rest of their family were an important part of daily Greek culture. Each god and goddess ruled certain realms and also played their part in mythology; fascinating stories that helped ancient Greeks to grasp the world around them, including the weather, religious beliefs, and their own social system.
That being said, even the Olympian gods must earn a living.
Possessing so many powers and abilities, they all agreed that they would make excellent business owners, and so opened a grand mall and invited all the mortals.
Let’s grab a shopping bag and go explore the Greek god family tree!
Zeus the Mall Manager
God Name: Zeus
Realms: god of the sky, thunder and lightning, honor, hospitality, royalty, and order
Family Tree: Husband of Hera; a prolific father, but his most famous children were Hercules and Athena
Fun Fact: Zeus had two servants named Violence and Force
From his corner office, Zeus rules over Olympus Mall just like he rules over the world. He sits on a golden throne and has the power to impose his will on any living thing. Both are perks that come with being the king of all Olympian gods.
However, as the patron of guests and order, Zeus wants honest business and hospitality at the mall. Anyone who cheats a customer — or a customer that shoplifts — will feel the sky god’s wrath.
Zeus has been known to pierce offenders with thunderbolts but everybody is, uhm, totally fine with his electric brand of justice.
After all, he’s loaded with supreme power and easily angered, so nobody’s going to argue with that.
Suspect Infidelity? Hera’s Private Eye Business Can Help
God Name: Hera
Realms: Marriage, family, monogamy, fidelity, queen of the gods
Family Tree: Wife of Zeus; mother of Ares, Eileithyia, Hebe, and Hephaestus
Fun Fact: She instigated the famous twelve labors of Hercules
This Greek goddess is married to Zeus, and she has a particular hatred for cheating partners since her husband has a roving eye. Hera values marriage, monogamy, and family.
But there’s no chance of her having a faithful spouse, which could be why Hera hunts down cheaters like it’s therapeutic.
Plus, she can do more than just give you a list of the Olympian gods who may be having an affair with your significant other. For extra payment (or perhaps just by accusing Zeus of being involved), The queen of the gods will wreak havoc against all involved.
Since spousal revenge doesn’t pay too well these days, this goddess also peddles the three things that are sacred to her. Should you feel the need to take home a peacock, a cuckoo, or a bouquet of lily flowers, then Hera’s Investigations/Pet Parlor/Flower Place is the shop to visit.
Book a Trip at the Atlas Traveling Agency
God Name: Atlas
Family Tree: Brother of Prometheus and father of Calypso
Fun Fact: Atlas helped Hercules complete one of his twelve tasks
Among Greek diety names, one of the most familiar is Atlas. This guy lent his name to tomes of maps but he was chiefly the god of astronomy. As such, you can buy star maps from his shop.
Some charts might even show his children — as odd as legends are sometimes, in Greek mythology, Atlas is often named as the father of several star constellations.
It’s also known that his love of the heavens went a little too far. Atlas led an uprising against Zeus to take control of the heavens away from the Olympian gods and hand that power to his people — the Titans.
When Zeus retaliated, he decided that stabbing Atlas with a thunderbolt did not fit the crime. The little rat needed something worse. Instead of a somewhat-brief electric shock, Zeus forced Atlas to carry the world and skies on his shoulders for all eternity.
Somebody should probably take this god some aspirin.
Find Variety at Apollo’s Flea Market
God name: Apollo
Realms: Healing, medicine, archery, prophecy, justice, poetry, and music
Family Tree: Son of Zeus; twin brother of Artemis
Fun Fact: He oversees the muses (goddesses of the arts)
While his father, Zeus, runs the mall, Apollo’s realms make him the manager of the flea market. There, you can rifle through stalls that sell medicine, archery equipment, music, and cute poetry boards that you can put on your wall.
In the Greek pantheon, Apollo is a fascinating character. He’s one of the twelve Olympians and was said to have chosen the first Oracle at Delphi — an important line of women in Greek culture who were able to tell the future.
Additionally, as the god of healing, he’s also the mall’s doctor. Indeed, Apollo is behind a famous medical image seen today — a pair of snakes wrapped around a wand. As the story goes, a long time ago, he gifted the healing stick to Hermes, the messenger god, who tested it on dying snakes. The reptiles healed and permanently wound themselves around the staff, thus creating the “caduceus.”
And like his twin sister Artemis, Apollo is well skilled in archery. Both Apollo and Artemis lived in the realm of the intellect, will, and mind, so Zeus understood and favored them. He gave Apollo golden arrows, and Artemis silver ones to practice their archery skills.
The Eros Lounge for Lonely Hearts
God name: Eros
Realms: goddess of love, lust, physical desire, passion, fertility
Family Tree: Son of Aphrodite and Ares
Fun Fact: Ancient Greek art showed Eros as a youth — the later Roman era showed him as a baby with wings
If you’re single and fine with an arrow stuck in your heart, why not visit the Eros Lounge? As far as names in Greek mythology go, the god Eros is better known as his more common moniker, Cupid.
(The latter is his Roman counterpart, and the two are more or less identical — both have wings and make random people fall in love with each other.)
Eros isn’t bothered with emotional connection; when he shoots someone, it’s to provoke raw physical desire. Unsurprisingly, he’s also a fertility god and by most accounts the son of the love goddess, Aphrodite.
But despite his fame, Eros was never promoted to Olympian. He wasn’t particularly liked on Mount Olympus, as none of the other Olympian gods were immune to his craft and they hated that he sometimes plonked arrows into them for his own cruel amusement.
Hence the reason he also happens to be seen as a trickster god.
There’s Even a Wine-Tasting Event
God Name: Dionysus
Realms: god of wine, grape farming, wine production, chaos, madness, theater, and spiritual joy
Family Tree: Son of Zeus and Semele
Fun Fact: Hera murdered his mother
Alright, so you have to bring your own cheese — but thanks to the god of wine, you can sip from as many wine amphoras as you like. There are even bunk beds for people who are too drunk to drive back home.
You guessed it, Dionysus is the god of grape farming, winemaking, and wine. When he’s not having a party, this Olympian also nurtures his other realms. Some of them include chaos, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theater.
This guy’s birth must be the weirdest in the Olympian gods family tree. Often referred to as the “twice-born” god, he was birthed by both of his parents.
There’s some disagreement about who his mother was, but mostly it’s said that she was a mortal princess called Semele.
Hera killed her after discovering that she was carrying her husband’s child. Zeus removed the fetus — which was the first birth — and then carried his son in his thigh until Dionysus was full-term and ready to be born a second time.
Stay Away From the Security Booth
God Name: Kratos
Family Tree: Siblings include Nike, Bia, and Zelus
Fun Fact: He appeared in several ancient plays and poems
Kratos takes his job seriously. He’s a close companion of Zeus and likes to carry out the latter’s orders. But he’s not a nice guy. Think more along the lines of a caffeine-deprived guard or henchman.
Several old plays about Greek mythology showed Kratos’ cruel personality. In one of them, Zeus was ticked with Prometheus for stealing fire from the Olympian gods. As punishment, he decided to tie him up somewhere.
The job fell to Kratos and his sister Bia. With the help of a blacksmith, they chained Prometheus to a rock. Kratos enjoyed the task (too much) and made sure that the chains kept his victim in agony.
In some ways, Kratos is the divine personification of the Zeus regime. For that reason, he’s often seen as a law enforcer and not a bully. Hey, take your pick.
Rejuvenate With Sleep Therapy to Continue Your Shopping
God Name: Morpheus
Realms: Dreams, messages
Family Tree: The god of sleep (Hypnos) was his father and the goddess of relaxation (Pasithea) was his mother
Fun Fact: His two brothers also created dreams and, unlike Morpheus, could not control them
Shopping at Olympus Mall can take the stuffing out of anyone. The place is huge and a drain on the feet. It’s also expensive. To treat your fatigue — and fears, after spending your rent money at Apollo’s flea market — pop in at the sleep therapy shop.
This business is run by Morpheus, the god of dreams. At first, it might be hard to spot him because, to mortals, he can appear in any form. To be fair, though, this shop might not soothe you at all.
The god’s main task is to place the gods’ messages in your dreams. Getting a sleep-telegram from Zeus or Kratos probably isn’t the most pleasant. Additionally, if you’re unlucky enough to see the dream god in his true form, say hello to a lot of stress hormones — Morpheus looks like a winged demon.
There’s a Shuttle Service for Tired Shoppers
God Name: Hermes
Realms: Travelers, traders, thieves, diplomacy
Family Tree: Son of Zeus; grandson of Atlas
Fun Facts: Traditionally, Hermes invented musical instruments like the lyre and syrinx. His symbols include winged sandals and the caduceus.
After being terrified by Morpheus and a surprise message from Zeus (“Congratulations, you won a $500 gift card!”), you decide to continue shopping. But you’re really tired. Luckily, the god Hermes has your back.
As the patron of travelers, he drives shoppers around the mall for free. While driving you around in his golf cart, Hermes notices that you stole your rent money back from Apollo. But he just winks and says nothing — he’s also the god of thieves, so he’s not going to nark on you.
Hermes earned his place in Mount Olympus thanks to his bartering talent. The Olympian created the first lyre and syrinx and convinced Apollo to take them, getting oxen and the gift of prophecy in return, plus a healing staff that could make humans sleep and receive divine messages.
Zeus was so taken by Hermes’ persuasion skills that he made his son a messenger of the gods and equipped him with a new pair of winged sandals. This involved travel and diplomacy, which gave him the realms of merchants, travelers, and diplomats.
Ares Runs the Army Surplus Shop
God Name: Ares
Realms: god of war
Family Tree: Son of Zeus and Hera
Fun Fact: His daughter Hippolyta was queen of the Amazons
You point at a store and Hermes drops you off. There’s a “buy one, get one free” deal on every item inside the weapons shop; you lean more towards pacifism, but that’s a good deal!
There’s no need for introductions with the shopkeeper. You remember Ares’ name from the list of Olympian gods that Hera said were likely to interfere in a marriage. Indeed, this god of war was once banished from Mount Olympus because he had an affair with the married Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
As far as the Greek diety family tree is concerned, Ares isn’t a part of the favorite branch. The Greek pantheon can be brutal but this war god is too aggressive, even for them. And to add to it, his realm isn’t pretty — while his sister, Athena, stood for strategic warfare, Ares, on the other hand, commanded the bloodiest elements of battle and war.
There’s a Creepy Dude on a Boat
God Name: Charon
Realms: The river leading to the underworld, Hades
Family Tree: His parents were the primordial gods Nyx and Erebus
Fun Fact: Charon is one of the oldest gods, predating even Zeus
Charon isn’t one of the more well-known Greek diety names. However, his job is nothing to sneeze at. As the ferryman of Hades, he carts freshly-dead souls off to the underworld.
Hermes, the messenger god, drops them off on the bank of the river Acheron but if they can’t pay for passage, Charon dooms them to become ghosts. He even fights the more desperate, penniless ones off with his steering pole. This spawned the ancient rite of placing a coin inside the mouth of the deceased during their funeral.
You decide that you have no business with Charon (yet) and leave him to slowly circle the mall’s moat in search of souls with coins.
Pan’s Pet and Sacrifice Shop
God Name: Pan
Realms: Shepherds, small game animals, music, and magic
Family Tree: Hermes, the messenger god, could be his father
Fun Fact: Pan has the body of a man but the back legs and horns of a goat
Hermes drives you to the next shop but shakes his head. The businessman you’re about to meet is Pan, who might be his son. Hermes isn’t sure that he’s really the father. Nobody is.
For some reason, Greek mythology just named Hermes as the likeliest candidate. Pan’s mother was a nymph, which could explain Pan’s soft spot for them.
As he delivers you to the Pet and Sacrifice Store, Hermes says he’s not going to hang around and wait for you to come back out because Pan is weird, son or not.
Indeed, besides looking like a half-goat, Pan’s worshippers, mostly shepherds and hunters, sacrificed goats and sheep in caves. The poorer herdsmen sacrificed clay figures (for sale at the shop, along with baby goats to adopt).
He’s also credited with inventing the panpipes — after causing a nymph to die, he turned her into reeds and used the stalks to make the first instrument.
This Family’s Failing Business Sells Air Fresheners
God Name: Zephyrus
Realms: The west wind, spring, and horses
Family Tree: Married to Chloris; father of Carpus
Fun Fact: Some say that tigers are the children of Zephyrus
You finally find the place where you want to spend your $500 gift voucher. Zephyrus and his family sell air fresheners for vehicles and homes, but you quickly see the problem.
The variety isn’t great and there are no customers; Zephyrus looks surprised to see you. As the god of spring, the west wind, and horses, he can only offer you cards that smell like animal hide, the breeze, and the faint tang of spring.
The Greek goddess, Chloris, is his wife and the goddess of flowers. Their son is the god of fruit. Together, they could’ve added incredible aromas that would’ve made their products more successful, but neither seems to care.
You exchange the gift card for horse smells and leave. You don’t care for Chloris yelling at Zephyrus that the wind god would’ve done better had they opened a fruit and flower market. Being one of the more gentle gods, he just sighs.
There’s Free Counseling for Disturbed Mortals
God Name: Cronus
Realms: A creator god and, briefly, the supreme ruler of the gods
Family Tree: Father of Zeus and Hera
Fun Fact: While still in the womb, Cronus castrated his father
Zeus knew the mall would freak out some visitors. There’s the death guy in his boat, circling the mall in a moat (hey, that rhymed). Kratos is a frightening mall cop, and Ares, the god of war, over in his weapons shop is no better.
For this reason, Zeus set his father Cronus up in an office and told him to soothe jittery mortals for free so that they would continue spending their money.
Cronus knows a thing or two about dysfunctional gods and the fear they bring. His own father, Uranus, was a tyrant. He overthrew him and, for a while, the world prospered under Cronus’ rule. Until he feared his kids would also challenge him — so he ate them all.
Then, his son Zeus escaped and kicked his butt — though, alright, it was more of a decade-long war, but Zeus eventually plucked Cronus off the throne and, if Greek mythology holds true, also banished him to the Island of the Blessed.
There, Cronus led a happy life and became a good god again. See? It all worked out for the best!
This Hardware Shop Has All the Mist You Need
God Name: Erebus
Realms: The underworld
Family Tree: The brother of Eros; uncle to Zeus
Fun Fact: His name means, “Place of darkness between Earth and Hades”
Erebus is among the five oldest deities in the Olympian gods family tree. Indeed, his mother Chaos was believed to be the first Greek goddess.
Back in the day, the other gods made the world but left the underworld unfinished. Erebus stepped up and built the rest; stuffing a dark mist into all the empty spaces before he moved in.
Seeing that the mist completed an entire realm and that his wife Nyx brought night with it, be assured that you can buy the same stuff for all of your own building needs.
This Paramedic Will Fix Your Bones After Kratos Jumps You
God Name: Asclepius
Realms: god of medicine and prophecy
Family Tree: Son of Apollo
Fun Fact: The famous healer, Hippocrates, was supposedly related to this god
Every now and again, Kratos (the security guy) bodyslams a shoplifter. Few get up again. Apollo might be the mall’s doctor but he’s also very busy with his flea market. For emergencies like Kratos-crushed humans, he sends out a paramedic called Asclepius, who is also his son.
Said to have received his medical training from Apollo and the wise centaur Cheiron, Asclepius’ skills were so masterful that Zeus killed him. Yep, pierced him with the old thunderbolt.
You see, Asclepius could cure death, and Zeus feared that this would remove the one thing that made the Greek pantheon actual gods and kept the humans mortal — the fact that people die and the gods can survive death.
Indeed, Asclepius did come back as a fully-fledged god, as, prior to his death, he was a half-god because his mother was mortal.
READ MORE: 10 gods of death and the underworld
The Mall Has a Mini-Jail Called Tartarus
God Name: Tartarus
Realms: One of the underworlds, god of the Abyss
Family Tree: Sprang forth from Chaos
Fun Fact: Ancient Greeks believed that, should they drop a bronze anvil into the underworlds, it would fall for nine days before reaching Tartarus
Tartarus is either a god, a realm of punishment, or both. Tartarus spawned some of the most terrifying monsters known to Greek mythology, and the Olympian gods also imprisoned their rivals and any rebellious figures there. Overall, the abyss swallowed anyone who was too sinful to go to Hades in the afterlife.
While this is darkly fascinating, it also seems a little harsh that there’s a crowd of the mall’s teenagers in there. So what if they tasered Kratos? The god had it coming!
The Cinema Shows Back-To-Back 3D Horror Movies
God Name: Deimos
Realms: The god of dread and terror
Family Tree: Son of Ares and Aphrodite
Fun Fact: His name terrified ancient soldiers as this god brought defeat on the battlefield
Aphrodite might be his mother, but Deimos inherited nothing from the Greek goddess of love. Instead, he often joins his father Ares, the god of war, in battle.
But while his dad represents the physical horrors of war, Deimos takes things a terrifying step further — he messes with people’s minds. This god spreads panic, terror, and dread amongst those caught in the conflict of war.
Since this is bad for business, Zeus told Deimos he can still freak people out, but they have to buy a ticket to his horror-only movie theater inside the mall.
The Helios Car Dealership Sells Golden Bowls
God Name: Helios
Realms: God of the Sun
Family Tree: Son of Hyperion and Theia
Fun Fact: A massive statue of Helios was among the seven wonders of the ancient world
The show floor inside the mall is supposed to hold the best vehicle models, but all you see are gigantic golden bowls. The god of the sun sidles up to you, salesman-style.
Helios explains that the golden bowls are the transport choice of gods and heroes, so why not you too?
He creates Day by riding his fiery chariot across the sky, but by Night he rests during the return journey inside one of these precious vessels. It’s like a self-driving car, just with more bling — he even gave Hercules a bowl during one of his twelve missions.
The hero sailed the ocean in his vessel to steal a bunch of sacred cows; there’s plenty of trunk space, too, because Hercules loaded the entire herd onto the bowl. The thing flies, floats, and packs a load. Not bad.
The Ghost Tour Has Real Ghosts
God Name: Hades
Realms: Ruler of the underworld; god of the dead and wealth
Family Tree: Older brother of Zeus; child of Cronus and Rhea
Fun Fact: Hades helped Zeus to overthrow their father
Floating along inside your new golden bowl, you head over to the entertainment section of the mall — there’s a ghost tour that looks good.
After paying for a ticket, you park your bowl outside and enter the ghost house. The god Hades runs this joint and as the god of the dead, the gory sights are real, including the living dead and a three-headed dog called Cerberus.
In Greek mythology, the name Hades also refers to the underworld. Hades-the-god received the hellish kingdom after drawing straws with his brothers and losing. Zeus became the sky god, Poseidon became god of the sea, and Hades was given the land of the dead.
He famously abducted the Greek goddess Persephone, making her his queen, and he was also the god of wealth due to the mineral richness inside the earth. Plus, he commanded the Furies, who tortured dead sinners.
Poseidon Runs the Black Market
God Name: Poseidon
Realms: The oceans, waterways, storms, floods, and earthquakes
Family Tree: Full brother of Zeus and Hades
Fun Fact: The winged horse, Pegasus, is his offspring
Zeus has conflicting feelings about this brother — Poseidon is destructive and also attempted to overthrow him once. Worse, he always interferes with the Olympian leader’s plans.
But the Greek pantheon must run smoothly on Mall Day, and Zeus allows his brother to operate a snack stand.
Surely, no harm can come from that. But the Zeus-Network is not the only business in town.
The god of the sea is profiting from his realms’ disasters. Indeed, what looks like a fish-and-chips cart is the mall’s black market. Here you can buy storms, earthquakes, and floods to smite thy enemies (a bag of earthquakes includes a free trident, too, by the way).
Poseidon causes tremors by hitting the ground with his own trident — now his customers can do the same.
You buy some — you know, totally not to smite the taxman — and pay Poseidon with the horse-hide air fresheners. The sea god happily accepts, since he’s also the god of horses.
Please Claim Your Kids at the Lost and Found Tent
God Name: Demeter
Realms: goddess of agriculture, farming, vegetation, the fertility of the earth
Family Tree: Mother of Persephone; full sister of Zeus
Fun Fact: One of her offspring was also a winged horse, called Arion
In Greek mythology, the abduction of Persephone by Hades is well-known, and the story also shows how her mother never gave up searching for her.
When Demeter finally learned what had happened to her daughter, she withdrew her protection from her realms. Drought followed and farming disappeared into famine.
Faced with the death of all humans (meaning no worshippers), Zeus ordered Hades to release Persephone.
Fearing that Demeter might one day do it again, all the Olympian gods at the mall take lost-looking kids to her tent where she’ll reunite them with their parents.
Aphrodite’s Kissing Booth
God Name: Aphrodite
Realms: Love, desire, beauty, sexuality
Family Tree: Mother of Eros; married to Hephaestus the god of fire
Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, she sparked the Trojan war after uniting the lovers Paris and Helen
Hephaestus isn’t sure about this. His wife Aphrodite already had affairs with the Olympian gods Ares, Dionysus, and that idiot in the golf cart, Hermes. But her kissing booth is making decent money.
As the goddess of attraction, love, and desire, she can lure in anyone she wants.
During ancient times, this Greek goddess was incredibly important. She was revered by both women and men, and was worshipped as the protector of several groups.
These included prostitutes, city officials, and sea travelers. In ancient Greek culture, Aphrodite was also associated with warfare, politics, and commerce. For double the price, she’ll kiss and tell about the best stocks for hopeful investors to buy.
Learn How to Chop Necks at Athena’s Karate Club
God Name: Athena
Realms: goddess of wisdom, strategic fighting, inspiration, courage, justice, civilization, mathematics, strength, and skill
Family Tree: She was born from Zeus (and only Zeus — she has no mother)
Fun Fact: Athena is Zeus’ favorite child
Any list of Olympian gods will contain this important Greek goddess. Athena’s realms are legion (as seen above), and nothing about her is ordinary, not even her birth.
According to Greek mythology, she was born from Zeus’ forehead after he experienced a bad headache (probably because she emerged fully grown and dressed for battle).
This goddess of wisdom is also a fierce fighter and has no sympathy for those who oppose her. Athena’s favorite punishment is to strike her enemies down with madness.
Known for strategic warfare, she often guides heroes; Athena helped Hercules in his tasks and also assisted Perseus in slaying the monster, Medusa. Her Athena-Assisted Hero Karate Club is the perfect place for anyone to start learning a move or two.
Hyperion’s Laser Tag Arena
God Name: Hyperion
Realms: God of heavenly lights
Family Tree: Son of Uranus and Gaia
Fun Fact: By joining the coup against their father, he helped his brother Cronus to become leader
Kids love this shop. They get combat vests and laser guns, then run around in a maze and shoot each other with green and red beams.
Hyperion is the perfect god from Mount Olympus to operate such a light show — he’s the god of all the lights in heaven, and was also one of the four pillars that held up the sky so that it wouldn’t crash into the Earth.
His wife, Theia, was the goddess of blue skies. While they might not be as familiar as Zeus or Athena, you might recognize the following Greek diety names: Helios the Sun god, Selene the Moon goddess, and Eos the Dawn goddess, who were all their children.
Since everyone from this branch of the Greek god family tree shines with light, everyone pitches in at the laser arena.
You Can Buy Bottled Air From Aether
God Name: Aether
Realms: Heavenly air
Family Tree: Son of Erebus and Nyx
Fun Fact: Aether, together with his sister and parents, existed before the Olympian gods
Aether and his family are known as the Protogenoi, a group of deities born before all Greek gods. Since the latter had a chip on their shoulder, they didn’t breathe the same air as humans.
Aether’s realm was the pure air that was inhaled by the Greek pantheon on Mount Olympus. But with the help of his sister Hemera — who cleared their parents’ darkness from the world every morning — this primordial god also shone his light down on Earth.
If you feel like breathing in the hallowed atmosphere of the Olympian gods, there are bottles available from Aether’s shop for only $24.99!
Alastor’s Restaurant Serves All the Revenge You Can Eat
God Name: Alastor
Realms: Retribution, justice, and blood feuds
Family Tree: Grandson of Poseidon
Fun Fact: Some experts claim that Zeus used this name for his avenger persona
Poseidon, who runs the black market, refers you to his grandson. If you want to purchase revenge, justice, or a blood feud, you should head over to Alastor’s restaurant.
Alastor’s bitterness makes him a dedicated god of retribution. Greek mythology names Neleus as his father. Born to a mortal mother and Poseidon, Neleus had several sons — including Alastor.
One day, Hercules ambled along and murdered Neleus and most of his boys over a grudge. Alastor was among the murder victims. In death, he became the god of vengeance and still stirs blood feuds so that his death will not be forgotten.
There’s an Old Guy That Sells Answers (But You Probably Won’t Get Them)
God Name: Proteus
Realms: Prophesy, shepherd of sea animals
Fun Fact: Symbolized the matter used to create the world
You politely decline to meet what sounds like Poseidon’s worst grandkid. Instead, an elderly gentleman standing next to the sea god catches your eye. He’s wearing a nametag that says “Proteus” and that rings a bell.
You’ve heard other shoppers mention him with annoyance. Apparently, he’s a god that serves Poseidon and he’s also a prophet who lives in the sea.
He can answer any question — but you have to get a good grip on him first. And that’s almost impossible, since Proteus can shapeshift into anything.
However, wrestling this god to the floor is worth the effort. Proteus knows everything about the future, the present, and the past.
Pick a Tour Package at the Extreme Adventure Club
God Names: Castor and Pollux
Realms: Horses, sport, hospitality, the home, friendship, oaths, sailors, and warriors
Family Tree: Twin sons of Leda; brothers of Helen of Sparta
Fun Fact: Castor and Pollux had different fathers
The Olympian gods family tree doesn’t get any weirder than this.
It’s possible that the most famous twins in Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux, were half-brothers. Their mother was Leda, and Zeus was the father of Pollux. Since Tyndareus — the king of Sparta — was Castor’s dad, this made him mortal.
However, there are several different myths that explain how the twins switched places every day to share the immortality that Pollux was born with.
Strongly linked with the war-loving Sparta, the brothers got into all sorts of mischief. If that’s your flavor, join their extreme adventure club.
But don’t worry about the dangers — the twins are the dedicated protectors of warriors and sailors, so choose only the extreme water and close-contact sports packages. If you want to climb a mountain you’re on your own.
There’s a God in the Mini-Jail
God Name: Pallas
Realms: God of warcraft
Family Tree: Father of Kratos and Nike
Fun Fact: He was another ancient god that existed before the Olympians
You pass by the jail called Tartarus again. This time, standing among all the teenagers, you notice a goat. But it’s not actually an animal — it’s the god Pallas.
His generation, the Titans that existed before most of the other gods, all received critter bodies. The goat-look was given to him.
Zeus threw him into Tartarus, because — of all Olympian gods — Pallas had chosen Athena to pick on. In Greek mythology, the god of warcraft felt a little lusty and attacked her. So she skinned him and turned his hide into a battle shield.
The bad attitude of Pallas is hardly surprising when you look at this Greek god’s family tree. He’s the father of Kratos, the crazy mall guard.
There’s a Celebrity Signing Photos of Himself
God Name: Aeolus
Realms: Minor god of winds
Fun Fact: The winds he controlled were horse-shaped
There’s a celebrity A-list of Olympian gods and Aeolus is at the top. You can barely see the guy so many people are clamoring around him for his signature. Indeed, it’s not every day that you meet the star in Homer’s Odyssey.
In this myth, Aeolus provided sanctuary for the lost Odysseus and his ship’s crew. Thanks to Homer, Aeolus was among the most famous of Greek diety names in ancient times.
But these days, when Aeolus isn’t soaking up mortal admiration, he controls the world’s winds. He keeps them inside caves on the island of Aeolia and releases a breeze or a storm every so often.
Enjoy Free Muffins at the Bingo Hall
God Name: Geras
Realms: God of old age
Family Tree: Son of Nyx and Erebus
Fun Fact: His name inspired the word “geriatric,” which describes the elderly
Geras isn’t among the more familiar Greek mythology names. He even looks different — most of the Greek pantheon resembles gym-loving models but he’s a wrinkly old man. Hardly surprising, since he is the god of old age.
He’s also seen as the opposite of the Greek goddess of youth, Hebe, the daughter of Zeus and Hera and the goddess of youth or the prime of life. There isn’t a lot of information about this unusual god but nobody at his bingo hall cares. Geras provides free deli muffins and tea for each card he sells. The first person to yell “Bingo!” also gets a lifetime supply of tiny marzipan gods.
You’ll Win Every Race With Nike’s Sports Equipment
God Name: Nike
Realms: Strength, speed, and victory
Family Tree: Sister of Kratos; daughter of Pallas and Styx
Fun Fact: Her name was chosen by the Nike sports company because they were a fan of her realms
This Greek goddess is an important figure in the Zeus-Network. Her business is located in the premium part of the mall right next to his office, and this reflects an old relationship between them.
Nike acted as charioteer for the Olympian king during his greatest battle with the titans. As a reward, Zeus placed her on a seat next to him and promised to protect her forever.
He also made her the goddess of victory and speed for all eternity. As such, Nike often holds a winner’s wreath or a cup to toast success.
Inside her shoe store, Nike claims that her worshippers live forever. But the ancient Greeks also venerated the goddess to reach immortality, and clearly none of them are around anymore. Take that promise with a pinch of salt.
The Hypno-Therapist Makes Your Problems Worse
God Name: Nemesis
Realms: Divine retribution
Family Tree: Daughter of Nyx
Fun Fact: There are claims that she’s Helen of Troy’s mother
Nemesis is the Greek goddess of retribution. When she spots an evil-doer or a fortune unfairly gained, she’ll swoop in and punish the guilty. In Greek mythology, Nemesis mostly deals with matters of the heart. This gave her the idea to open a hypnotherapy office at the mall.
But you might want to think twice before spilling your secrets to this goddess — especially when there’s pride involved.
Most people know the story of Narcissus; he was a man of exceptional beauty, and, after seeing himself in a pool of water, he fell in love with his reflection. Narcissus refused to leave the image and died of starvation.
Nemesis was the one who tired of his pride (as he treated his admirers badly) and led him to the pool and his death.
The Water-Girl Might Knock You Out
God Name: Iris
Family Tree: She might be the daughter of Electra
Fun Fact: Ancient art often showed Iris with wings
Iris has a fun realm — she gets to play with rainbows. In Greek mythology, she’s not described in detail as much as the rest of the Greek pantheon on Mount Olympus, but ancient poets did leave us a few clues.
Homer described her as a messenger of the Olympian gods, which could be why some artists gave her wings. Another Greek poet, Hesiod, described a role the rainbow goddess played in promises.
Whenever the Olympian gods made a solemn oath, she scooped water from the River Styx and carried it to them. They drank the water, knowing it would knock them unconscious for a year should they break their oath.
At the mall, Iris gives paper cups filled with water to thirsty shoppers on the go. But be warned, she scoops the liquid from the River Styx. If you’re parched, take a gulp — just don’t think about any promises while doing so.
Hecate’s Hex & Herb Shop
God Name: Hecate
Realms: Magic, witchcraft, doorways, the Moon, supernatural creatures of the night
Family Tree: She might be a daughter of Zeus
Fun Fact: According to the Greek poet Hesiod, Zeus valued Hecate above all the other Olympian gods
If you hate rainbows because they’re “too happy” and prefer the dark side of things, then Hecate’s your lass. This goddess holds the most magical realms of all Olympian gods.
Besides ruling over all things witchy, Hecate also guards doors — even the entrance to Hades. At her Hex & Herb shop, she offers big discounts for those under her protection. They include fishermen, children, shepherds, warriors, hunters, and athletes.
Ancient sorceresses also sought out this Greek goddess to strengthen their spells. But it doesn’t matter if you’re a good witch or a bad one — Hecate embraces both her own good and evil sides.
The Mall’s Casino Doubles as a Human Resources Office
God Name: Tyche
Realms: Chance and risk
Family Tree: The possible daughter of Zeus, or Oceanus and his consort — Tethys
Fun Fact: According to legend, Palamedes invented the first pair of dice and dedicated them to Tyche
Tyche is one busy Greek goddess. She’s got the curious position of dispensing fortune in an unpredictable manner while also toning down the wrath of the Greek pantheon. In particular, Tyche was said to calm Nemesis when the latter wanted to punish someone.
For this reason, this goddess is the perfect deity to run the mall’s casino, where she bestows luck and loss at her whim. While influencing the one-armed bandits, Tyche remains vigilant of any angry-looking Olympian gods about to violate someone’s rights.
The Archery Range Is Fun (But Deadly If You Upset Artemis)
God Name: Artemis
Realms: Wildlife and hunting, chastity, wilderness, childbirth, children, archery, the Moon
Family Tree: Daughter of Zeus and Leto; twin sister of Apollo
Fun Fact: The bear is her sacred animal
The goddess of the hunt runs an archery range inside the mall.
There are fake deer to shoot at and everybody’s having fun. But every now and again, someone meets with a violent end; especially those who wink at Artemis (who hates being courted), anyone who gets romanced by her father (she killed one of her own nymphs for this), or anyone boasting that they are better than her and her family (she murdered the children of a woman who boasted she had more offspring than Artemis’ mother).
Despite that last one, Artemis is also the protector of women and children. In the past, women who became sick or recovered from an illness looked to this bow-carrying goddess.
She was thought to bring disease in women while also being their healer. Overall, Artemis remains one of the most widely-known and respected deities in Greek mythology.
Artemis once fell in love with a hunter named Orion. Apollo, her vindictive twin brother, challenged her to an archery match to shoot at what looked like a mere speck in the distance. Artemis was very competitive, so rose to the bait, aiming straight at the target, only to find out too late that she had killed Orion.
The Art Gallery Is Full of Living Things and Violence
God Name: Gaia
Realms: The mother goddess, earth, oaths, marriages, prophecy
Family Tree: Mother of Cronus; grandmother of Zeus
Fun Fact: Scientists use the word “Gaia” when they refer to the Earth as a living organism
Gaia can only be described as the ultimate creative goddess. She gave birth to the entire world, and several races of beings, including monsters and the Titans. One can say that creation is her gallery and that it’s filled with her artwork. Most, if not all Olympian gods, can claim her as an ancestor.
While Gaia is a motherly figure and the protector of children, she doesn’t hesitate to knock kings off their thrones. Because of her help, her son Cronus was able to defeat his father and become the leader.
Gaia was also the one who later helped her grandson, Zeus, overthrow Cronus. And then she tried to dethrone Zeus several times.
Before visiting the gallery, you’d be wise to throw a cautious glance through a window to make sure that there are no power struggles going on inside.
Mania Is Too Mad to Have a Business
God Name: Mania
Realms: The mentally ill, the dead
Family Tree: Daughter of Erebus and Nyx
Fun Fact: Today, her name is used to describe insanity or excessive excitement
This Greek goddess refused to open a shop. The idea makes her angry, so she just stalks the place, glaring at customers through her goth eyeliner, wearing black and hating her parents.
Who can blame her for being mad at life? Maybe she wanted to become a positive, happy career person. Like Iris and her rainbows.
Instead, Mania was raised by a family who only expressed themselves with negative emotions, and she was given the job of making the ancient Greeks insane and sharing the duties of ruling the dead in the underworld.
Get Your Face Peeled by Persephone
God Name: Persephone
Realms: Spring, nature, vegetation, queen of the underworld
Family Tree: Daughter of Demeter and Zeus
Fun Fact: Persephone had many important cults in the ancient world
Persephone is mostly known in Greek mythology for her abduction by Hades — and her mother’s persistence in rescuing her. However, this Greek goddess has her own realms apart from being the queen of the underworld.
She remains tied to Hades since he tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, which ensured that she must return to him a few months out of every year.
This is why Persephone is also the goddess of spring — when she slinks to the underworld, her mother mourns and winter follows. But when she returns, spring returns with her.
Fittingly, she’s also the goddess of fertility, vegetation, and nature. The ancient Greeks saw her as the all-pervasive rejuvenating force. A handy attribute when your beauty shop peels anti-wrinkle masks from the faces of mortals to renew their look.
Get Your Napalm at the Fire-Starter’s Shop
God Name: Prometheus
Realms: Trickster god, associated with metalwork and fire
Family Tree: Brother of Atlas; son of Iapetus and Clymene
Fun Fact: Ancient Greek potters (whose work required fire) worshipped Prometheus
Napalm, firelighters, matches, barbecue bricks — whatever you need to start a blaze, Prometheus can help you. This god loves to give humans fire, something that landed him in hot water in the past.
According to Greek mythology, ancient Greeks shivered from the cold and had to eat raw foods because they couldn’t roast anything. Fire belonged to the gods. Other myths say that humans already had fire but lacked metalworking skills.
Either way, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and took the flames and the gift of metalworking to mortals. For his kindness, Zeus had him chained to a rock where an eagle ate his liver every day.
Thank You for Shopping at the Mount Olympus Mall!
What a weird shopping experience — but at least you had the opportunity to meet some of the most important deities in the Greek pantheon.
You learned all about the Greek god’s family tree and how they control everything on Earth; from the seasons to everyday skills. You also discovered their very human flaws — these sacred beings can get vain, jealous, power-hungry, and downright cruel sometimes (a lot of the time).
But at the end of the day, the mall provided a mere taste of the exquisite essence of Greek mythology. Hopefully, this inspires you to learn more about your favorite Olympian gods and goddesses!