Poseidon (Roman Neptune)

Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, 6th century BC. Paris, Cabinet des Médailles 222.Poseidonia coin <I>Obv. c.</I> 510 BC. Berlin; Regling 239Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 500-450 BC. Vatican City. Museo Gregoriano Etrusco 84.

God of the sea and brother of Zeus. He is a senior god, shown with a trident or fish. With Apollo he supported the Trojans against the Greeks during the Trojan War. In art he is seen with Amymone, contending with Athena for possession of Athens (Parthenon west pediment), fighting Giants and attending many marine occasions.

Above left: Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, 6th century BC. Paris, Cabinet des Médailles 222. © Cabinet des Médailles, Paris Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 191

Above middle: Poseidonia coin Obv. c. 510 BC. Berlin; Regling 239 © Kraay and Hirmer pl. 77,217

Above right: Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 500-450 BC. Vatican City. Museo Gregoriano Etrusco 84. © Museo Gregoriano Etrusco