Getting to Know Greek Gods: The Olympians

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11011

Do you watch the Olympic games? Why are they called Olympics if they're never held in a place called Olympia? After learning what the Titanomachy is, you'll be able to write your own battle accounts!


Mythology, World

Social Studies
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever watched the Olympic games and wondered just why they are called the "Olympics?" Find out more about the origin of this event and the gods and goddesses behind the name that is associated with the biggest quadrennial international sporting event!

The modern Olympics are based on the ancient Greek athletic competition that began with a simple 100-meter dash!

The competition took place below Mount Olympus, the most sacred mountain in all of ancient Greece, due to the notion that it was the home of the Olympic gods. The Olympic gods and goddesses were the offspring of the Titans, whom the Olympians overthrew during the 10-ears-long war known as the Titanomachy. The Olympic gods and goddesses were at that time the most well-known deities of ancient Greek mythology.


Before moving on, if you missed or need to review the previous Greek Mythology Related Lessons on mythology and the Titans, find them in the right-hand sidebar.

To learn more about the Olympians, visit / Olympians, where you can navigate among the Olympian gods throughout the articles.

To help you with the family connections among the primary Greek gods, click on the Greek Gods Family Tree, from Tales Beyond Belief, to see a simplified family tree for the Titans and the Olympians.

Now that you've learned about the Olympians' traits, learn more about their actions by choosing to read at least five myths from Myth Stories, from Tales Beyond Belief.

You've now learned about the Olympians' characteristics, families, and stories associated with them, so move on to the Got It? section and see your knowledge in action!

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