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Olympus
Mount Olympus
Physical Information
Location Greece (formerly)
Rome (formerly)

England (formerly)
Germany (formerly)
Spain (formerly)
Unknown western countries
New York City, USA (currently)

Position Home of the Greek gods
Other
Appearance The Lightning Thief
The Titan's Curse
The Last Olympian
This article is about the home of the Olympian gods. You may be looking for Mount Olympus in Greece.

Olympus is the home of the Olympian gods.

Description

Originally located on Mount Olympus in Greece, it has steadily moved over to the west, following Western Civilization over the centuries, as Chiron explains in The Lightning Thief. It had been in central Europe for about 500 years and is now in the United States of America. Instead of being located on a physical mountain, it is a metaphysical duplicate. This mountain does not connect with the ground and cannot be detected by mortals due to the Mist, but is connected to the mortal world by a space elevator. It is said to be hovering above the Empire State building. It possibly exists in another dimension, due to its floating with its great mass over a mortal city undetected. At the top of it is a large city containing the palaces for the Olympian gods, goddesses, and residences for many minor gods and other creatures of Greek mythology.

It is here that the gods commune, each having a massive throne, which are collectively arranged in a reversed U shape. It also houses some of the minor gods and magical creatures, such as the Ophiotaurus. Although it used to actually be located at the peak of Mount Olympus, it is now on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, having moved with Western Civilization. The only mortal way to get up to Mount Olympus is pass a security guard in the lobby, who won't let you pass unless you have special authorization. Olympus is described as a paradise, with golden buildings and happy people. Along with the gods lives hundreds of other creatures and beings. The cabins at Camp Half Blood are in same design as the thrones.

Images Zeus

Zeus, king of Olympus.

Most gods live on Olympus, but a few others prefer to tend to their native kingdoms, like Hades and Poseidon, though Poseidon has a throne in the council while Hades does not. However after the events of The Last Olympian, Hades now has a throne.

As the seat of power of the Olympian gods it is of vital importance. Should the thrones be destroyed, Olympus would crumble and the power of the gods would be severely weakened, making them vulnerable to their enemies. In theory, if it were destroyed and the Olympians regained enough strength, it could be reformed. In the meantime, they would be vulnerable to their enemies. It is unknown how the destruction of Olympus would affect the minor gods. However, Hades thinks he can hold by himself for four years in the Underworld without Olympus.

Following the conclusion of the Second Titan War, Annabeth Chase was given the honor of redesigning the destroyed Olympus. Olympus has also been known as the place where many important decisions are decided.

The Major Olympians

These gods are the greatest and most powerful of ancient Greece.

Greek name English name Roman Name Description
Αφροδιτη (Aphroditê) Aphrodite Venus Goddess of Love and Beauty
Απολλων (Apollôn) Apollo Apollo God of the Sun, Music, Prophecy, and Medicine
Αρης (Arês) Ares Mars God of War
Αρτεμις (Artemis) Artemis Diana Goddess of the Hunt, Wilderness, Moon and Chastity
Αθηνη (Athênê) Athena Minerva Goddess of Wisdom, Warfare, Strategy and the Arts
Δημητηρ (Dêmêtêr) Demeter Ceres Goddess of the Harvest, Agriculture, Fertility, and Seasons
Διονυσος (Dionysos) Dionysus Bacchus God of Wine, Madness, Ecstasy, and Parties
ᾍδης (Hades) Hades Pluto God of the Underworld, the Dead, and Wealth
Ήφαιστος (Hēphaistos) Hephaestus Vulcan God of Fire, Forge, Craftsmen, and blackmiths
Ήρα (Hēra) Hera Juno Goddess of Marriage and Motherhood, Queen of the Gods
Ερμής (Hērmēs) Hermes Mercury God of Dexterity, Thieves, Speed, and Travel: Messenger of Olympus
Ἑστια (Hestia) Hestia Vesta Goddess of the Hearth, Fire, Family, and Home
Ποσειδων (Poseidôn) Poseidon Neptune God of the Sea, Earthquakes, Storms, and Horses
Ζευς (Zeus) Zeus Jupiter God of the Sky, Lightning, Thunder, and King of the Gods

The Minor Olympians

Although they are not as renowned as the classical Olympians, the minor gods of Olympus are still acknowledged and respected ever since they were given their thrones at the end of the Second Titan War.

Greek name English name Roman name Description
Ἡβη (Hêbê) Hebe Juventas Goddess of Youth and Former Cupbearer of the Gods
Ἑκατη (Hekatê) Hecate Trivia Titaness of Magic, Witchcraft, and Crossroads
Ὑπνος (Hypnos) Hypnos Somnus God of Sleep
Ιρις (Iris) Iris Arcus Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger of the Gods
Νεμεσις (Nemesis) Nemesis Invidia Goddess of Retribution, Balance, and Revenge
Νικη (Nikê) Nike Victoria Goddess of Victory and Divine Charioteer
Τυχη (Tykhê) Tyche Fortuna Goddess of Luck and Fortune

  

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief

Percy leaving Mount Olympus

Percy leaving Mount Olympus, by John Rocco

On his first visit to Olympus, Percy Jackson returns Zeus' Master Bolt during the summer solstice and has his first encounter with his father, Poseidon and his uncle Zeus. Percy describes the throne room as making Grand Central Station look like a broom closet. Percy also says that he cannot believe that it is 300 feet in the air, just hovering above Manhattan.

The Titan's Curse

On Olympus, the gods voted whether or not to kill Percy and Thalia and also to figure out what to do about the Ophiotaurus and Kronos. The Ophiotauris was agreed to be kept in the throne room of Olympus. Once it was decided that Percy, Thalia and Bessie would be spared, the gods threw a spectacular party. With Percy stating: "There are normal parties. Then there are massive blow-out parties. Then there are Olympian parties. If you ever get a choice, go for the Olympian parties."

The Last Olympian

Percy, Annabeth Chase, Thalia Grace, Grover Underwood, Tyson, as well as other demigods and many hunters and nature spirits defended Olympus, and succeeded; however, it was damaged greatly by Kronos' attacks on the gods' thrones with his scythe. When Percy sees Olympus empty, he describes it as depressing. They are later rewarded and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, was chosen to rebuild and redesign Olympus as its official architect. Percy was offered immortality, but he refused.

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The Olympus in the film The Lightning Thief

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

The giants are plotting to destroy the original Mt. Olympus by going to Greece and destroying the roots of the gods, unlike the Titans, who thought they would destroy their new home in America.

Trivia

  • Olympus is said to be carried by the Anemos, Zephyrus.
  • Olympus is an actual mountain in Greece. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border of Thessaly and Macedonia, and is the tallest mountain in Greece.
  • Only Zeus's palace is known to be there. 

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