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The eastern facade of the temple of Hephaistos, built on the top of Kolonos Agoraisos hill in Greece, circa 460-415 BCE; it is the best-preserved of all ancient Greek temples.
The eastern facade of the temple of Hephaistos, built on the top of Kolonos Agoraisos hill in Greece, circa 460-415 BCE; it is the best-preserved of all ancient Greek temples.

The veneration of ancient Greek deities was once believed to have ended with the coming of Christianity to southern Europe. However, along with Roman gods and Egyptian gods, they have been partially retained and also deliberately revived as a Neo-Pagan tradition.

The modern-day neo-pagan revival of ancient rituals and worship of the gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon is called Hellenism (Greek: Ἑλληνισμός), the Hellenic ethnic religion (Ἑλληνικὴ εθνική θρησκεία), Dodekatheism (Δωδεκαθεϊσμός) or Olympianism. Other syncretic and eclectic Neo-Pagan faiths may also incorporate Greek deities along with others into their worship or practice.

The cornerstone of Hellenism is the worship of the immortals: the first gods, the gods and goddesses of Olympus, natural spirits, underworld deities and heroes. Hellenists rely on ancient Greek texts as a guide for spiritual practices and virtuous living. The basis of the religion is the devotional offering of gifts to the deities in exchange for blessings.

There is no official church of Hellenism, and most adherents practice their faith at personal altars set up to the god or gods they worship. Although there are no officially sanctioned public gatherings, informal Hellenic groups do occasionally offer public or private rituals.

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Popular Greek Deities

Aphrodite

Aphrodite, meaning "sea foam," is the Greek goddess of love, lust, beauty, pleasure, passion, and procreation, as well as the patron goddess of prostitutes of all classes. (Read more...)

Apollo

Apollo is the Greek god of archery, music and dance, truth and prophecy, healing and diseases, the Sun and light, and poetry. (Read More ...)

Ares

Ares is god of war, violence, and bloodshed...

Artemis

Artemis is goddess of the hunt, forests, and child-birth...

Athena

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, as well as handicrafts such as weaving. (Read More ...)

Demeter

Demeter is goddess of grain, agriculture, and harvest...

Dionysus

Dionysus is god of wine, grapes, and celebrations...

Eris

Eros is the goddess of strife and discord...

Eros

Eros is the god of love and romance...

Hades

Hades, whose name means "unseen," is the Greek god of the Underworld and of all that lies beneath the ground, including valuable minerals, buried bodies, and the roots of essential crops. (Read more...)

Hecate

Hecate is the goddess of the trivium or three-way crossroads...

Helios

Helios is the god of the sun and sunlight...

Hephaestus

Hephaistos, also known as Hephaestus, is god of fire, volcanoes, forge, and blacksmiths...

Hera

Hera is the queen of the Olympian Greek pantheon and the supporter of marriage, women, childbirth, and family. (Read More ...)

Hermes

Hermes is god of travel, merchants, thieves, and magic, and is the messenger of the gods...

Hestia

Hestia is goddess of hearth, home, and virgins...

Pan

Pan is a goat-footed and horned satyr, the Greek god of wilderness, shepherds and flocks, fertility, sexuality, springtime, and rustic music. (Read More ...)

Poseidon

Poseidon is god of the seas, earthquakes, and lord of horses...

Zeus

Zeus is god of sky, lightning, and king of the Olympian gods...

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