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Gods of Greek religion

Greek religion included hundreds of deities. The most important were the 12 Olympians. But exactly which gods and goddesses made up the Olympian Dozen depended on whose list you used. In all, 14 deities made it onto one or another of the most authoritative surviving lists.

Some of these are better known by their Roman name — Mercury rather than Hermes, for instance. When the Romans conquered the Greeks, they absorbed parts of Greek culture, including religion, but changed the names of the deities. Below are the names and descriptions of 14 Greek deities, with Roman names in parenthesis:

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