Zeus

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Zeus

God of Sky & Thunder

Zeus was born to Cronus (Time) and Rhea (Mother of the Gods). The youngest of twelve children, Zeus avoided the fate of his siblings, who were all eaten by their father. When he came of age he released them from their gastric prison and all ascended Mount Olympus where they would rule over the mortals of the world. He would not only release his family but the Gigantes and Cyclops as well, who made him thunder and thunderbolts in thanks. Zeus was recognized as ruler of those gods, after drawing lots with his two brothers, Hades (God of the dead & King of the Underworld) and Poseidon (God of Sea, Earthquakes, Storms & Horses) by his side.

He married his sister Hera (Goddess of Marriage & Monogamy) and assigned roles to the other gods as he deemed fit. His children and affairs are too numerous to mention all so I will stick to the gods most notable. Some children he Ares (God of Violent War and Rage) and Hephaestus (God of Fire & Metal) with Hera. Other famous consorts and children were Aphrodite (Goddess of Love, Sex & Beauty). Demeter (Goddess of Agriculture) would produce Persephone (Goddess of the Underworld & Springtime). Alcmene who would bear Heracules, Danae who would bear Perseus. Leto would would birth the twins Apollo (God of Music, Art & Oracles) and Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt & Moon). Metis became pregnant with Athena but Zeus believed her intellect would cause her to overthrow him, so he ate Metis before she gave birth. Athena was born from Zeus’s head fully armored. She is the Goddess of Wisdom & the Strategy of War. Maia gave birth to Hermes (The Messenger of the Gods & Mortals & Guide to the Underworld). Lamia birthed Achilles and Leda the Helen of Troy and Semele gave life to Dionysus (God of Wine & Ritual Madness). In fact Zeus fathered some one hundred twenty-five-plus children and was consort to over seventy goddesses, mortal women, nymphs, muses and fates.

All of these dalliances infuriated his wife, Hera, who was so enraged with jealousy that many of the women and children suffered at her hand. Zeus assigned Echo to distract Hera and when she found out she cursed him to repeat the words of others.

FUN FACTS

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece began construction, under the architect Phidias, in 466 BC and opened for viewing in 435 BC. It was forty-three high and made of bronze, ebony, gold and ivory and known as one of the Wonders of the World.

He was a just god and punished those that created evil and praise the righteous with gifts and talents

His sacred animal is the golden eagle, it represents courage and strength

His spirit tree is the oak again because of it’s solid strength

His symbols include the thunderbolt of which he used to conquer his father Cronus

Athena was his favorite daughter and Heracles (aka Hercules) his favorite son

Zeus is actually named in the bible, Acts 14:8-13

 

Wikipedia

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