She continues to write on the Ancient World and other topics. The ancient Greeks worshipped a number of different gods and goddesses, who were in charge of various aspects of daily life. They identified six principle goddesses and six gods, who were known as the twelve Olympians because they were said to live on top of Mount Olympus. In Greek mythology, the Olympians feature in numerous stories and emerge as highly distinctive personalities forming part of an extended and often dysfunctional family. Through the ages, the twelve Olympians have inspired countless works of literature and art, continuing to exert a profound influence over western culture even after their regular worship came to an end. Zeus was often portrayed in ancient art as a powerful man with a full beard.