Children of the Gods

The Internet once again solves a problem you didn’t know you had — tracing the tangled family relationships among the gods and goddesses of Greek myth.  This handy chart from ludios.org not only allows one to retrace the lines of parentage among those very busy deities, demigods, monsters and heroes, but each link connects back to the Wikipedia page for the mythical personage in question (which in turn leads to more delightful connections:  If you’ve ever wondered where the three-headed hell-hound Cerebrus came from, click on the link for Typhon.)

Since some of us spent a good bit of childhood trying to make sense of this set of relations through the tales as retold in volumes like  D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, this map of the Olympian family values brings with it a heavy hit of nostalgia as well.

[Found on Twitter via @kirstinbutler.]

-BILL TIPPER

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