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Poseidon - Pardubice, Czech Republic
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N 50° 02.307 E 015° 45.768
33U E 554623 N 5543184
Quick Description: Greek God of the sea, storms, and, as "Earth-Shaker," of earthquakes in the middle of housing estate in Pardubice, which is named after him.
Location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 11/9/2010 9:45:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMA39X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 115

Long Description:
In 2001 was opened on left shore of Elbe river in Pardubice housing estate with about 300 flats and commercial center named after Greek god of the sea Poseidon.

Poseidon in Wikipedia - (visit link)

Poseidon (in Latin: Neptunus) was the god of the sea, storms, and, as "Earth-Shaker," of earthquakes in Greek mythology.

Linear B tablets show that Poseidon was venerated at Pylos and Thebes in pre-Olympian Bronze Age Greece, but he was integrated into the Olympian gods as the brother of Zeus and Hades. Poseidon has many children. There is a Homeric hymn to Poseidon, who was the protector of many Hellenic cities, although he lost the contest for Athens to Athena.

Poseidon in myth

Birth and triumph over Cronus

Poseidon was a son of Cronus and Rhea. In most accounts he is swallowed by Cronus at birth but later saved, with his other brothers and sisters, by Zeus. However in some versions of the story, he, like his brother Zeus, did not share the fate of his other brother and sisters who were eaten by Cronus. He was saved by his mother Rhea, who concealed him among a flock of lambs and pretended to have given birth to a colt, which she gave to Cronus to devour.

According to a single reference in the Iliad, when the world was divided by lot in three, Zeus received the sky, Hades the underworld and Poseidon the sea. In the Odyssey (v.398), Poseidon has a home in Aegae.

Poseidon in literature and art

In Greek art, Poseidon rides a chariot that was pulled by a hippocampus or by horses that could ride on the sea. He was associated with dolphins and three-pronged fish spears (tridents). He lived in a palace on the ocean floor, made of coral and gems.

In the Iliad Poseidon favors the Greeks, and on several occasion takes an active part in the battle against the Trojan forces. However, in Book XX he rescues Aeneas after the Trojan prince is laid low by Achilles.

In the Odyssey, Poseidon is notable for his hatred of Odysseus who blinded the god's son, the cyclops Polyphemus. The enmity of Poseidon prevents Odysseus's return home to Ithaca for many years. Odysseus is even told, notwithstanding his ultimate safe return, that to placate the wrath of Poseidon will require one more voyage on his part.
Time Period: Ancient

Approximate Date of Epic Period: ca. 13th but perhaps as early as 17th century BC onwards

Epic Type: Mythical

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

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