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Greek Gods Crossword and Word Search Puzzles
Teachers! Homeschoolers! Students!
Here are free Greek gods puzzles I've created for classroom and home use, including Crossword and Word Search puzzles. I've added quick facts on the gods of Olympus and a Chart of Greek and Roman Names.
V Q E R D S I Y N X A E P K O S H
J A R P M I O S Y F U N H A D E S
I P L X A P H R O D I T E V U C W
G O O P R E H I Z E E W S A D B O
R L A S T L X E C L O A T H E N A
U L T Y E W N J P K Q U I W M I R
K O Q A M I V C R H E R A B E N E
N I B L I U D Z R S A V T Q T O S
T Z E U S Y G O F X E I N P E M K
S E B R O D I O N Y S O S H R Q I
V U I F T J A D Z E G H O T K W E
G Q O B S C E R T W H Z U N O F P
W N E L R Y O N V U H E R M E S X
Directions: Find all 14 gods in the puzzle. Names are hidden right, down, or diagonally.
- King of the Gods
- Goddess of Marriage
- God of the Sea
- Lord of the Dead
- Goddess of Grain
- Goddess of Beauty
- Goddess of the Hearth
- Messenger God, Thief
- God of (Violent) War
- Blacksmith God
- Goddess of Wisdom, War
- God of Light, Music, Reason
- Goddess of Wild Animals
- God of Wine
Greek Gods Crossword Puzzle
- 2. He keeps a 3-headed dog.
- 4. Her sacred bird is a peacock.
- 10. Earth-Shaker ________.
- 11. He packs a mean thunderbolt.
- 12. He is totally lame.
- 13. She is a real homebody.
- 14. She misses her daughter.
- 1. Men are from _____, in Greek.
- 3. His fangirls are called Maenads.
- 5. She looks after Odysseus.
- 6. His oracle is at Delphi.
- 7. She was born from "sea-foam."
- 8. God of thieves and merchants.
- 9. She protects animals and children.
Greek and Roman Gods Names Crossword - Fill in the missing names in the puzzle
In the clues below, some gods are listed by their Greek name, some by their Roman name. Fill in the missing name and put it on the crossword puzzle above.
Chart of Greek and Roman Names of Gods
Also Goddesses, Heroes, Heroines
Stars (*) mark the twelve gods of Olympus, the Olympian gods (See below on why Hestia & Dionysos make it 13). Hover cursor over links for quick facts on each god, or click links for in-depth entries on The Theoi Project, a great site which translates ancient sources.
- Greek Name / Roman Name
- *Zeus / Jupiter
- *Hera / Juno
- *Poseidon / Neptune
- *Athena / Minerva
- *Demeter / Ceres
- *Aphrodite / Venus
- *Hermes / Mercury
- *Apollo / Apollo
- *Artemis / Artemis
- *Ares / Mars
- *Hephaistos / Vulcan
- †Dionysos / Bacchus
- †Hestia / Vesta
- Hades / Pluto
- Persephone / Proserpina
- Eros / Cupid
- Asklepios / Aesculapius
- Nike / Victoria
- Ouranos / Uranus
- Gaia / Tellus
- Kronos / Saturn
- Rhea / Ops
- Helios / Sol
- Selene / Luna
- Herakles / Hercules
- Odysseus / Ulysses
- Kirke / Circe
- Oidipous / Oedipus
Who Were the Twelve Olympian Gods?
Didn't anyone think to pass around an attendance sheet?
Oddly enough, while there was a Cult of the Twelve Olympian Gods, Greek writers do not always list the same twelve!
To make matters worse, Greek artists skip name tags...
One Fine Day on Mt. Olympus
Greek Gods on the Parthenon Frieze, Elgin Marbles collection, now in the British Museum (my photo).
The twelve Olympian gods usually include: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Aphrodite, Ares, Hermes, Hephaistos, Athena, Apollo, Artemis.
Dionysos and/or Hestia are often among the twelve. While it is now popular to say that Hestia gave up her seat to Dionysos, no ancient writer mentions this.
Hades is usually not on the list of twelve. It would be strange for the God of the Dead to be hanging out in the home of the immortals.
As for Apollo, he's a uniquely Greek god, so the Romans didn't have anything like him before the Greeks sailed in from the east. They already had gods of everything else — war, the underworld, and so on — so they just gave their own names to the closest Greek equivalent.
© 2010 Ellen Brundige