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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

Preface: This subject is complicated by changing social standards. Forced marriage has been routinely practiced around the world into the contemporary era, depending on the society. (This is a major ...
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Has Poseidon ever won a dispute with another Olympian?

Argolis, E. Peloponnesos TROIZENOS Poseidon vs Athena > 1 - 1 In the scramble for patronage over city territories, there's an occasion on which Zeus declared a draw between Poseidon and Athena when ...
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Is Zeus ever referred to as Earthshaker?

In later (hellenistic) times Zeus tended to monopolize all powers and earthquakes came to be his deed. There is a classic book by AB Cook Zeus: a study in ancient religion, part3 has some 30 pages on "...
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Poseidon has two wives when/why/how?

Different mythologies being consolidated, mainly. Originally—by which I mean as far back as we have evidence to speculate—Poseidon seems to have been married to the earth-deity Dā. The oldest ...
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Why would Athena fear Poseidon?

As yannis pointed out in the comments, Athena cannot be considered stronger than Poseidon, and you're assuming too much here. Poseidon is one of the most powerful gods, along with his brothers Zeus ...
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How did Poseidon became lord of Helicon?

That is a good question. There were several springs on Mt. Helicon, and I suspect the answer is connected to them. I found an interesting suggestion under "Hippocampus" in Wikipedia: The appearance ...
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How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

Based on Zeus' having rescued his siblings from the belly of their father Kronos; and on the deal that he made with the Titans who eventually sided with him (which is the majority of the Titan ...
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Is Zeus ever referred to as Earthshaker?

In the same chapter "Zeus and the Earthquakes" of Zeus: a study in ancient religion, Vol. III, by Arthur Bernard Cook, quoted by @sand1 in his answer, the author says: In point of fact, the ...
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What is the connection between Poseidon and horses?

I can't find a classical source for this, but from what I understand it's related to the myth of the founding of Athens and the competition Poseidon had with Athena over who would be the city's patron....
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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

While I agree with much of what has been written already, I think there is one obvious aspect that has not been directly expressed. There's a lot of rape in Greek myth because rape happened a lot. The ...
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Why was Poseidon an Olympian but not Hades?

Poseidon does actually live underwater. From the Iliad: Forthwith then he went down from the rugged mount, striding forth with swift footsteps, and the high mountains trembled and the woodland ...
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Poseidon has two wives when/why/how?

One More Wife To complicate the issue yet a little bit further, if we take Plato's dialogue Kritias into account, Poseidon actually has three wives, not just two. According to the description of the ...
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Was there meant to be a connection or comparison between Poseidon's trident and Hades's bident?

According to Wikipedia The Romans drew on Etruscan traditions for the interpretation of these signs. A tile found at Urbs Salvia in Picenum depicts an unusual composite Jove, "fairly bristling ...
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Where does Poseidon get called the God of Kin?

Presumably the other question to which you refer in your own inquiry is "Why would Aphrodite be armed?", asked by @yannis, in which he links here to the 1918 translation of Pausanias' Description of ...
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What is the connection between Poseidon and horses?

His connection is that he created horses. There are different versions of the story, but one of them is that in an attempt to woo Dementer, and so created them out of sea foam. There are also ...
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Who in Greek mythology is associated with natural disasters?

To assume that the Greeks exclusively associated natural disasters with divine anger or folly would be incorrect. For example: Thucydides gives an excellent circumstantial account of a tsunami that ...
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