Who is the oldest Greek God according to mythology? Is it Poseidon or Aphrodite? I have read most of the Percy Jackson books but can someone point out the answer and the story that goes with it?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about mythology and not about science fiction or fantasy. You may find help at Mythology & Folklore. Sep 5, 2017 at 11:12
  • Thanks I did not know there was a myth section.
    – Tarun
    Sep 5, 2017 at 11:26
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    If you ask why the oldest is in Percy Jackson, though, that's on topic here (and I can probably answer that).
    – Mithical
    Sep 5, 2017 at 11:29

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Well, if you consider Chaos as God, then Chaos. Otherwise, all together Gaia, Eros, Erebus and Nyx:

In Greek mythology, Chaos (Greek: Χάος), according to Hesiod, Chaos ("Chasm") was the first thing to exist: "at first Chaos came to be" (or was) "but next" (possibly out of Chaos) came Gaia, Tartarus, and Eros (elsewhere the son of Aphrodite). Unambiguously born "from Chaos" were Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night).// Wikipedia

See also Hesiod's Theogony:

(ll. 116-138) Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth [Gaia], the ever-sure foundations of all (4) the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Eros (Love), fairest among the deathless gods, who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind and wise counsels of all gods and all men within them. From Chaos came forth Erebus and black Night[Nyx]; but of Night were born Aether (5) and Day, whom she conceived and bare from union in love with Erebus. And Earth first bare starry Heaven, equal to herself, to cover her on every side, and to be an ever-sure abiding-place for the blessed gods. And she brought forth long Hills, graceful haunts of the goddess-Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills. She bare also the fruitless deep with his raging swell, Pontus, without sweet union of love. But afterwards she lay with Heaven and bare deep-swirling Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoebe and lovely Tethys. After them was born Cronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty sire.

Cronos was a bit afterwards.

  • I belive he asked specifically for gods Sep 5, 2017 at 11:57
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    @MatrimCauthon And according to Greek mythology, there is no specific distinction between the Olympian gods and their precursors, they all are Greek mythology gods?
    – Gnudiff
    Sep 5, 2017 at 12:16
  • I'm not an ancient Greek expert, but I believe the ancient Greeks very much did draw a line between the Olympians and their predecessors, the Titans. Now whether or not they were all considered "gods" (certainly immortal beings, but there's a certain connotation attached to the term "god") is another question that I don't know the answer to.
    – tonysdg
    Sep 5, 2017 at 12:33
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    @tonysdg It seems a bit complicated, depending on which period of Ancient Greece you are talking about. Nevertheless, the war of Olympians with Titans is referred to as war of gods, and parents of Olympian gods are also referred as gods and the genealogy is comparatively well established: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Olympians#Genealogy By cosmology, we may argue that Olympians are more individuals with (human-like) characters, whereas Chaos, Uranus, Gaia are more personifications of nature. But that is a distinction of modern times and not neccessarily how ancients thought.
    – Gnudiff
    Sep 5, 2017 at 12:55
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    I buy that argument. My only doubt stemmed from the fact that the ancient Greeks always had more than one word to express various nuanced positions (e.g., the many words for "love"). But the distinction of modern times vs. ancient times makes perfect sense.
    – tonysdg
    Sep 5, 2017 at 13:13

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