Mount Olympus

Mount OlympusMount Olympus was the abode of the gods. A gate of clouds, named the Seasons, was kept by the goddesses and opened to permit the passage of the Celestials to earth, and to receive them on their return.

The gods had their separate dwellings; but all, when summoned, reported to the palace of Jupiter (Or Zeus). as did those deities whose usual abode was the earth, the waters, or the underworld.

It was also in the great hall of the palace of the Olympian king that the gods feasted each day on ambrosia and nectar, their food and drink, the latter being handed round by the lovely goddess Hebe.

Here they conversed of the affairs of heaven and earth; and as they quaffed their nectar, Apollo, the god of music, delighted them with the tones of his lyre, to which the Muses sang in responsive strains.

When the sun was set, the gods retired to sleep in their respective dwellings.

The following lines from the Odyssey will show how Homer conceived of Olympus:

"So saying, Minerva, goddess azure-eyed,
Rose to Olympus,the reputed seat
Eternal of the gods, which never storms
Disturb, rains drench, or snow invades, but calm
The expanse and cloudless shines with purest day.
There the inhabitants divine rejoice
Forever..."

Earth and Olympus were common property of the gods.

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