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Fill in the missing Gods, in the correct order:

  1. Hermes
  2. Aphrodite
  3. ?
  4. Ares
  5. Zeus
  6. ?
  7. ?
  8. ?

Credit to my daughter for the inspiration for this puzzle!

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  • $\begingroup$ (Wasn't that last edit a miscorrection?) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Nov 15 '17 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Ares is correct. I've re-corrected. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Zeitlin Nov 15 '17 at 19:10
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    $\begingroup$ Huh. I showed this puzzle to my wife and she was so confident that it was Aries I didn't even double check! I'll have to tell her the bad news ;-) Is it bad that I'm looking forward to it. $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Nov 16 '17 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ ARIES is the zodiac constellation of The Ram; ARES is the god. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Zeitlin Nov 16 '17 at 12:44
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The answer is:

1. Hermes
2. Aphrodite
3. Gaia
4. Ares
5. Zeus
6. Cronus
7. Caelus
8. Poseidon

The connection/order is:

the Greek/Roman equivalent names of the gods for whom the planets of the solar system are named. They’re all Roman->Greek except Uranus->Caelus.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm thinking #7 has the error, yes? $\endgroup$ – phroureo Nov 15 '17 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ @phroureo - It depends on what the querent was looking for. A check of Wikipedia suggests that #7 should only have been a spelling change, rather than an "equivalence" as the remainder are. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Zeitlin Nov 15 '17 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ It looks like there was quite a timing coincidence between my comment, the edit, and OP's (now deleted) comment. I think the answer is right now, though. :) $\endgroup$ – phroureo Nov 15 '17 at 20:57
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    $\begingroup$ An absence of a 9th item on this list has greatly disappointed the god of the underworld... $\endgroup$ – DqwertyC Nov 15 '17 at 23:45
  • $\begingroup$ @DqwertyC It's also lacking Demeter as well, alas. $\endgroup$ – Admiral Jota Nov 16 '17 at 20:12
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3 should be GAIA, 6 should be CHRONOS/CRONOS/KRONOS, 7 should be OURANOS, 8 should be POSEIDON. The actual names of the planets are all taken from the Romans, but they took URANUS directly from the Greek, simply Latinizing the spelling. The list provided is the Greek equivalent mythic figures to the names of the planets (1 - MERCURY, 2 - VENUS, 4 - MARS, 5 - JUPITER). If you hold that PLUTO should remain among the planets, this name, too, was a Latinization of Greek PLOUTON. The Roman equivalent was DIS PATER/DISPATER.

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting... Now I've read more about Pluto vs. Hades vs. Dispater than I ever expected to today, and learned a bit too! In case anyone was wondering, Hades eventually came to be called Pluto in Greek Mythology, and Hades was reserved specifically for Pluto's domain. (Curse you, Disney, for confusing me!) $\endgroup$ – phroureo Nov 15 '17 at 21:00

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