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(Ποσειδῶν/Poseidôn, Doric Ποτειδάν/Poteidán, along with other forms of the name).

I. Myth and cult

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A. General remarks

P. was the Greek "god of the sea, of earthquakes and of horses" (Paus. 7,21,7). He belongs to the older strata of Greek religion: his name is already well attested in Mycenaean times. He was worshipped both in Knossos and in Pylus [2], where he also had a sanctuary (the Posidaion), a cult association (the Posidaiewes) and probably even a wife, Posidaeja [1. 181-185]; his local importance is still ref…

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Bremmer, Jan N. (Groningen) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Poseidon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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