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Poseidon The immortal Poseidon shines in Greek mythology as an influential figure. His many human qualities were often seen as flaws. Poseidon, along with his brothers Zeus and Hades, controlled the three realms of the earth; Poseidon the water god, Zeus the sky god, and Hades the lord of the underworld. Other domains under Poseidon’s control were earthquakes and horses. He also had a strong need to show his powers, and it often came out through mortal flaws. He exerted his power to show off his masculinity and manhood. He had many love affairs that produced offspring (Johanson). Poseidon was a true Casanova that exerted bitterness, ruthlessness, and unpredictability in his actions throughout his life. Adulterous behavior was common for Poseidon. One such love affair involved his sister Demeter. He thought she was absolutely stunning and desired her deeply. To avoid his constant sexual prodding, Demeter turned herself into a mare, an act that only fueled Poseidon’s desire. He transformed himself into a stallion and had his way with her. This affair created a horse named Arion. Another well-known affair of Poseidon’s was with Medusa. The two were sexually attracted to one another. Medusa was a true beauty when Poseidon first fell for her. They made love in Athena’s temple. Athena was so offended by this behavior she turned Medusa into a gorgon, a terrifying female creature, which she is known for in Greek mythology. One of Medusa’s most famous traits was her head of snakes that she possessed as hair. Athena and Peruses plotted to kill Medusa by beheading her. Upon cutting her head off, two offspring appeared. One of these children was the well-known flying horse Pegasus (Rymer). Mythology states that Poseidon did marry for love although once again, this union showed manipulation by Poseidon. Amphitrite was a water nymph. One day Poseidon spotted her dancing…...

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