Definition of Poseidon

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) the god of the sea and earthquakes in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and Hades and Hera; identified with Roman Neptune.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Greek Deity

Definition of Poseidon

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) The god of the sea and other waters, earthquakes and horses. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Poseidon

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Portulaca grandiflora
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Literary usage of Poseidon

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1. The Cults of the Greek States by Lewis Richard Farnell (1907)
"Finally, we may thus explain the 'Cad- mean ' poseidon, who appears in Thera and Rhodes, attracting to himself a legend of Cadmean ..."

2. Greek and Roman [mythology] by William Sherwood Fox (1916)
"as animate emblems of poseidon, now as identical with the god himself.3 By striking his trident on a Thessalian rock, poseidon is ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Earthquakes were thought to be produced Ъу poseidon shaking the earth—-hence his epithet of " Earth-shaker, " and henee he was worshipped even in inland ..."

4. Ancient Art and Its Remains: Or, A Manual of the Archaeology of Art by Karl Otfried Müller, Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker (1852)
"poseidon. 354. poseidon was originally the god of water in general, 1 in so far as it could be conceived as a masculine, active principle ; he was also the ..."

5. Sculpture I, 1952-1967 by Mary C. Sturgeon (1987)
"If, as seems likely, this represented poseidon, he would have been depicted at ... poseidon The most diagnostic piece of those that can be associated with ..."

6. Pausanias's Description of Greece by Pausanias (1898)
"Beside the harbour is a temple of poseidon etc. On coins of Patrae poseidon appears standing with one foot on a rock ; he holds a dolphin and a trident (Fig ..."

7. Contributions to the Science of Mythology by Friedrich Max Müller (1897)
"Let us remember then that the old name of poseidon was ... 1 On the cult of poseidon in the Troad, in the neighbourhood of Ida, see Gerhard, Griech. ..."

8. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Sovran amongst them Agamemnon shone, By eyne and forehead like to Zeus supreme, By chest poseidon, Ares by his girth. 530 As 'mongst a herd the bull appears ..."

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