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ScriptsΠοσειδων Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.PO-SE-DAWN Classical Greek
pə-SIE-dən English

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from Greek ποσις (posis) "husband, lord" and δα (da) "earth". The name first appears in Mycenaean Greek inscriptions as po-se-da-o. In Greek mythology Poseidon was the unruly god of the sea and earthquakes, the brother of Zeus. He was often depicted carrying a trident and riding in a chariot drawn by white horses.


Statue of Poseidon from the 2nd century BCStatue of Poseidon from the 2nd century BC


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Entry updated July 11, 2018   Contribute