Antiquity Representation Olympus was the home of the Olympian family, the twelve most important ruling godsand goddesses of ancient Greece. There they all lived together in a big palace, that is abovethe clouds. Olympus is generally identified with Mount Olympus in Thessaly, which is thehighest mountain in Greece, but very often it is identified also as some mysterious place abovethe earth. It is written that Zeus talks to the gods from the top peak of many ridged Olympus, andonly a little later he says that if he willed he could hang the earth and sea from a pinnacle ofOlympus. Olympus is not the equivalent of heaven. According to the writer Homer, Poseidonsays that he rules the sea, Hades the dead, Zeus the heavens, but Olympus is common to allthree. The entrance to Olympus was a great gate of clouds, kept by the Seasons. Within werethe gods’ dwellings where they lived and slept and held court. In its great halls they feasted onambrosia and nectar and were entertained by Apollo’s lyre, the Graces and the Muses. The builders of the palace at Olympus were the Cyclopes, gigantic one-eyed Titans whowere freed by Zeus from Tartarus and in thanks gave him his famous thunderbolts. Hephaestus,the talented god of the smiths and the forge created all the furnishings and artwork on Olympus,even making some of the chairs and tables able to move themselves in and out of the celestialhall.