Olympian Family Tree
Family tree of the Greek Gods, including some mortal descendants
The purpose of this family tree is to be a memory aid for of the best loved myths and stories about the Olympians, in their Greek version. My main selection criteria for what characters to include has been:
1) which are the best stories, 
2) that can be hinted at through maps of family relations, and 
3) that are linked to the gods or their close descendants. 

The close descendant criteria means that the heroes of the Iliad are too many generations off to qualify, but some key figures appear as they relate to children of the gods, such as Helen of Troy. Some generations are passed over if they are only interesting, from a story perspective, as parents or grand-parents of more prominent figures. 

What does this chart attempt to show us? Most obviously, an incredible amount of divine meddling and fraternization with mortals. Giving each god a complicated and often contradictory set of loyalties. 

The many in-family marriages seem strange to us, so it is worth remembering that the gods are immortal, and have a long time to live and fall in love. Greece is also an island country, and each island would have its own myths or versions of myths that would later be fitted to the larger scheme. As the Greeks of the ancient world came into contact with new cultures and their accompanying gods, they tried to adapt and fit all deities into the ancestry of the Olympians, with at times tangled results. 

The distinction between Titan and Olympian is significant because there was a ten-year war between these two generations of immortals. The Olympians one and the titans areas of influence were the spoils. The remits were distributed among the Olympians, so Poseidon is the new god of the sea, after Oceanus and Nereus. 

The chart shows the ancient Greeks' fascination with eternity, mortality, birth and death. The Olympians are immortal and even as the Titans were defeated and imprisoned they not destroyed. What does it mean to be immortal, and more importantly, what does it mean for us who aren't? As generations go by, and the immortal ichor is diluted with blood, the children become less powerful. There are various forms of half-mortal states that the characters find themselves in: resurrection, eternity as star constellations for those who lead significant lives or near-invunerability for the beloved. 
Pregnancy was something of a biological mystery and speculation on the subject gives us several supernatural births (Dionysos, Zeus-Leda-Tyndaeus, Athena and Pandora).

The chart is not, and cannot be, complete. To make it I have had to make omissions and compromises that leave many family origins unclear. My hope is that if you come across a name not in the tree, you will at least find their principal ancestors and know their place in the greater picture. 
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A radial family tree of the Greek Gods, showing the generations from primordial beings to mortals in the Trojan War.
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