Neptune was the god of the sea. He was the brother of Jupiter, God of the sky, and Pluto, the ruler of the underworld. Neptune’s parents were Saturn, the god of the time. And Ops goddess of fertility. After defeating their father Saturn, the three brothers divided the world into three parts. Jupiter took the sky, Neptune took the sea, and Pluto takes the underworld.
Neptune was also the god of Springs, lakes, and rivers. Before becoming the god of the sea, he was also the lord of horses. Neptune was known for his violent temper. He often brought forth storms and earthquakes. Salacia, the goddess of the saltwater, was his wife. His greek equivalent is Poseidon.
Neptune had only one temple, which located in Rome. Neptune is one of the only three Roman gods, to whom it was appropriate to sacrifice bulls, the other two being Apollo and Mars.
GOD OF THE SEA ROMAN
Roman god of Sea, Neptune, was depicted as a bearded man holding a trident and seated in a seashell drawn by sea-horses. He was the god of sea and dolphins, so one day, Neptune saw a nymph called Amphitrite dancing on the Island of Naxos.
He fell in love with her suddenly, but the Nymph had no emotions for him. One day Neptune asked Amphitrite to marry him, but she refused Neptune and hide from him. God of the sea, Neptune sent one Dolphin and ordered to find the Nymph, after a couple of days, the Dolphin found her and describe the love of Neptune to her.
She agreed to came back with Dolphin as a gift for finding and returning Amphitrite to him. Neptune immortalized the Dolphin by placing it in the heavens. Neptune had several children with the Nymph Amphitrite, among Triton.
GOD OF WATER GREEK
In Greek mythology, Poseidon is a god of water and sea. He was the second son of Cronus and Rhea. His brothers were Zeus and Hades. When the world divided into three, Zeus received the sky, Hades the underworld, and Poseidon the sea. His consort was Amphitrite, a nymph and ancient sea-goddess, his most famous symbol are Trident.
Poseidon created islands and offered calm seas. Therefore sailors prayed to Poseidon for a safe voyage. As sacrifices for the sea god, they sometimes drowned horses. When Poseidon was offended or ignored, he struck the ground with his Trident and caused earthquakes, drownings, and shipwrecks. Because of that, he was referred to as Earth -Shaker.
Poseidon was one of the caretakers of the oracle at Delphi. He had an admirable temple upon a hill. Because of his close association with horses, he was called “the tamer of horses”. Athena competed with Poseidon over the city of Athens.
The priest of Athena and the priest of Poseidon agreed to their proposal. The gods would give the Athenians one gift and then they would choose whichever gift they preferred. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, and a salty spring sprang up. Athena won by creating the olive tree.
After that, Athena became the patron goddess of the city. Yet Poseidon was still being worshiped in Athena as well. After Poseidon’s loss, he sent an enormous flood to the Attic Plain, to punish the Athenians for not choosing him as the patron god of the city.
WATER GOD NAMES
- The Achelous: God of the ancient river.
- Aegaeon: God of violent sea storms and ally of the Titans.
- Alpheus: god of river Arcadia.
- Amphitrite: sea goddess and consort of Poseidon.
- Annapolis: water god of eastern Sicily.- Brizo: Sailors goddess.