CM: Poseidon was the great Olympian god of the sea, rivers, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses. He was depicted as a mature man of sturdy build with a dark beard, and holding a trident. The Olympic hymn to Poseidon reads as follows: "Poseidon the great god I begin to praise / the mover of land and the ever-turbulent water / the ruler of seas, who possesses Helicon with the wide-stretching Aeges. / Oh Earth-shaking one, the gods have given you the double honor / to tame the horses and to save the ships. / Hail land-ruler Poseidon with your black hair, / blessed one with beneficent nature have mercy for seafarers."