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Olympian,

in Greek religion and mythology, one of the 12 important gods who succeeded the Titans as rulers of the universe. The divine family of the Olympians was headed by Zeus, who ruled the heavens and earth, and his queen, Hera. Zeus' brothers, Poseidon and Hades (also called Pluto), ruled the sea and underworld respectively. The divine children were Ares, Hermes, Apollo, Hephaestus, Athena, Aphrodite, and Artemis. It was said that Zeus' sister Hestia, who was also an Olympian, resigned her place to Dionysus. The Olympians, whose honors and attributes have come down to us almost entirely through Homer and Hesiod, lived in majestic splendor on Mt. Olympus. Similar to human beings in both physical appearance and character traits, the gods feasted on ambrosia and nectar and took special delight in their mortal loves. About the 6th cent. B.C. the Olympian gods began to yield in importance to the mystery cults (see mysteriesmysteries,
in Greek and Roman religion, some important secret cults. The conventional religions of both Greeks and Romans were alike in consisting principally of propitiation and prayers for the good of the city-state, the tribe, or the family, and only secondarily of the person.
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Olympian

1. of or relating to Mount Olympus or to the classical Greek gods
2. of or relating to ancient Olympia or its inhabitants
3. a god of Olympus
4. an inhabitant or native of ancient Olympia
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Coventry and Warwickshire has a proud record of producing world-class athletes at the highest levels, unfortunately nowadays, with there being so many more choices and options available in society, being an Olympian may seem a distance too far for many.
Night with Olympians: Annette Peters, who ran in the 1992 Olympics, and Margo Jennings, who coached Maria Mutola to her Olympic gold medal, will be featured along with 1960 basketball Olympian Darrall Imhoff in "A Night with Olympians" at 6:30 p.
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Last week, a handful supporters held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to voice their support for the proposed New York Sports and Convention Center including New York State Assembly members Keith Wright and Darryl Towns, New York City Councilwoman Margarita Lopez, Track and Field Olympian Diane Dixon (Gold, 1984; Silver, 1988), Track and Field Olympian James Fuchs (Bronze, 1948; Bronze, 1952) and former Jets all-time leading rusher and two-time team MVP, Freeman McNeil
Initially, the trio claimed that they were repairing the car for a friend, but Lenoue told The Olympian newspaper for November 14 that "as soon as I shined the flashlight on them, I knew what was going on.
Last summer, Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series concluded with the fifth and final installment, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Five: The Last Olympian.
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Lahore -- Former Olympian Naveed Alam has been nominated as coordinator sports of the province to look after the day to day affairs of sports during the ongoing sporting activities.
They will then be presented with a commemo the Coventry and Warwickshire Olympian Hall of Fame.
It brings back really fond memories,'' said Vendt, a two-time Olympian and 2002 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.
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