Poseidon, in Greek mythology, god of the sea, the son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, and the brother of Zeus and Hades. Poseidon was the husband of Amphitrite, one of the Nereids, by whom he had a son, Triton. Poseidon had numerous other love affairs, however, especially with nymphs of springs and fountains, and was the father of several children famed for their wildness and cruelty, among them the giant Orion and the Cyclops Polyphemus. Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa were the parents of Pegasus, the famous winged horse.

In the recent picture titled Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Poseidon plays the father of the protagonist (Percy) in the modern-day setting. The story revolves around the lightning bolt which was stolen and Percy being accused of the crime. Zeus, ruler of the heavens, threatens Percy’s existence until the bolt is returned to him. Percy confronts his identity and trains as a demigod in a secret training ground for demigods. He teams up with the daughter of Athena and son of a satyr to find the bolt. Ultimately, the hunt leads him to the underworld and finally they discovered the culprit to be the son of Hermes. In an epic battle, Percy defeats the antagonist with the aid of his natural affinity with water and saves the day by returning the lightning bolt. Furthermore, Poseidon finally meets his son. Percy decides to live among his kind and train with them. The movie is heavily-packed with mythological references such as the Minotaur, Hydra, modern-day Medusa and even a punk Hades and sexy Persephone.

Posted 2011-01-24 and updated on Jan 24, 2011 2:21pm by crisd

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