At the end of The Last Olympian, we see that Zeus offers godhood to Percy Jackson, and he rejects it, in favour of another wish. Can a demigod achieve godhood by other means? For instance, could Percy have become a god, by living in Poseidon's domain entirely, practicing his powers over the domain and becoming one with it?

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    Not sure why this is DV'd. Seems like he's asking for known methods that might apply within the Percy Jackson series' continuity to me. Asking about general Greek Mythology I can see being too broad, but this does pertain to a specific work of fiction.
    – Steve-O
    Feb 9, 2018 at 14:38

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In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, it is mentioned that Dionysus was a half-blood but due to his creation of wine he got many followers who worshipped him like a god, so he turned into a real god (in Greek mythology the more worshippers the gods get the stronger they become).

Also in the same book, the gods Demeter, Zeus, and Athena cast spells to turn a demigod into a god, which were obstructed by someone, but if they were successfully performed the targets would have transformed into gods.

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    Can you possibly provide a quote, or some evidence to support your answer?
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 21, 2018 at 9:29
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    This doesn't seem right. Dionysus was made into a God by Zeus. In PJO Dionysus says that he was conferred Godhood by Zeus for inventing wine. But I believe the question is asking about becoming a God through a person's own efforts, without godhood being conferred by other gods.
    – Simpleton
    May 4, 2018 at 15:43

Legacies can become gods (well, god-emperors) if they are worshipped by their followers. Nero is one example:

Will stepped back. “You’re saying the emperors of ancient Rome are alive? How? The Doors of Death?"

"No." I could barely speak through the taste of bile. "The emperors made themselves gods. They had their own temples and altars. They encouraged the people to worship them."

"But that was just propaganda," Nico said. "They weren't really divine."

I laughed mirthlessly. "Gods are sustained by worship, son of Hades. They continue to exist because of the collective memories of a culture. It's true for the Olympians; it's also true for the emperors. Somehow, the most powerful of them have survived. All these centuries, they have clung to half-life, hiding, waiting to reclaim their power."

(The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle - Chapter 27)

“Lord Apollo, please,” he said. “Even before Gaea commandeered the Doors of Death, souls escaped from Erebos all the time. It was quite easy for a god-emperor such as myself to call back my followers.”

“A god-emperor?” I growled. “You mean a delusional ex-emperor.”

Nero arched his eyebrows. “What made you a god, Apollo...back when you were one? Wasn’t it the power of your name, your sway over those who believed in you? I am no different.” He glanced to his left. “Vince, fall on your spear, please.”

Without hesitation, Vince planted the butt of his spear against the ground. He braced the point under his rib cage.

“Stop,” Nero said. “I changed my mind.”

Vince betrayed no relief. In fact, his eyes tightened with faint disappointment. He brought his spear back to his side.

Nero grinned at me. “You see? I hold the power of life and death over my worshippers, like any proper god should.”

I felt like I’d swallowed some gel capsule larvae. “The Germani were always crazy, much like you.”

Nero put his hand to his chest. “I’m hurt! My barbarian friends are loyal subjects of the Julian dynasty! And, of course, we are all descended from you, Lord Apollo.

(The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle - Chapter 29)

If legacies can become gods through this route, I'm fairly certain that demigods can also do so.

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