Zeus-God of the Sky (Part-1)

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Zeus was the king of the Olympian gods and the supreme god in Greek religion. He is often referred to as the Father, the god of thunder, and the 'cloud-caller'. He controls the weather, gives omens and warnings, and in general ensures justice from his throne on Mount Olympus, maintaining order among both the gods and humanity.


 Zeus' father was Kronos and his mother Rhea. Kronos had usurped control of the heavens from his father, Uranus, and was always wary that the same should not happen to his own children. Therefore, he devoured all his children to avoid any inheritance. These were: Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon. However, Rhea saved her youngest child, Zeus, by wrapping a stone in baby clothes and giving it to Kronos to swallow.

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Zeus was taken to Dikti Mountain on the island of Crete. The god was raised there by the ancient goddess Gaia (Earth), or in some narratives by the Nymphs (Fairies). Among these was the nymph Amalthea (in some versions of the legend, it was a goat) who nursed the young god.


After reaching adulthood, Zeus forced Kronos to vomit back the children he had swallowed, and Zeus later married his sister Hera. However, the lawless Titans encouraged by Gaia immediately sought to seize control of the world from the Olympian gods in a ten-year war known as Titanomachy (or War of the Titans). The Titans were the brothers and sisters of Kronos.


 But with the help of the Cyclopes (who make Zeus' lightnings) and the hundred-handed giants, or the Hekatonkheirs (Briareus, Kottos, and Gyges), Zeus was finally able to imprison the Titans in Tartarus, the deepest part of the Underworld. Zeus, who made himself the ruler of the heavens, gave the dominion of the seas to Poseidon and the Underworld to Hades.


 Yet the Olympians still could not rule peacefully, as Gaia later enlisted the help of the fearsome and ferocious Giants to fight Zeus at Gigantomachy. The great hero Hercules assisted the Olympians this time, and Zeus defeated Gaia, who was attempting to give the giants a magic herb. The Olympian Gods once again won the battle for control of the world before the Giants wreaked havoc by moving mountains, islands and rivers.


Zeus' reign was once again in trouble when some gods, notably Hera, Athena and Poseidon, tried to take over the role of Zeus as the king of the Olympian Gods and tied him to his bed. However, Baba was released by one of the Hekatonkheirs and his current status was preserved.


 Sons of Zeus

Although he was first married to the Titan Metis (she seems briefly) and later to Hera, Zeus was famous for his lecherous deeds in Greek mythology, and during this time he often used his magical power to transform himself into various things to lure his prey to bed. Therefore, they had many children:


From Hephaestus, Ares, Hebe, Ilithia - Hera.


Athena - She was a child of Zeus from Metis. Fearing that a son would usurp his throne, Zeus swallowed his wife, but Athena was born from Zeus' head. She later became God's favorite child, she.


Apollo and Artemis - from Leto.


Hermes - From the nymph, the fairy Maia. Fascinated by his cunning and silver tongue, Zeus gave him the role of messenger of the gods.


Dionysus - from Semele. Semele, on the other hand, was deceived by the jealous Hera and wanted to see Zeus in all his divine glory, and then he died immediately as a result. Dionysus was born from the calf of Zeus as a result of his mother's premature death.


Hercules - was from Alcmene, and therefore forever fell victim to the machinations of a jealous Hera, but after his death Zeus brought him to Mount Olympus and made him a god.


Perseus - from Danae. This woman was the one who succumbed to the temptation of Zeus, who appeared to him as a golden rain to enter the room where he was imprisoned by his father, Akrisios.


Persephony and Iaccus - by Demeter.

The children Mireler, Hours, Horae (Seasons), Eunomia (Legality), Dike (Justice), Irini (Peace)- are from Themis.


The names Helen, the Dioskouroi and Polydeuces are from Leda. Zeus turned himself into a swan for Leda.


The names Aglaea (Glory), Euphrosyne (Joy) and Thalia (A Beautiful Smile) - (Harites) are from Eurynome.


The children Minos, Rhadamanthys, and Sarpedon are from Europa. Zeus transformed himself into a majestic white bull and took Europa to Crete.


Epaphos, - from Io.


Iasion, - from Elektra.


Arkas by Nemf Callisto. Both mother and son were turned into bears by the jealous Artemis, but Zeus turned them into constellations. These were Ursa Minor and Major.


9 The Muses are from Mnemosyne. After the couple had been together for nine consecutive nights, their child was born.


Zeus was also seen as the creator of some races, especially the Magnesians and Macedonians. He also transformed the ants into the majestic Myrmidons who fought for his son Aiakos, who would later be led by Achilles in the Trojan War.

Part 2 is coming soon :)

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Zeus is an interesting God tbh

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yes you are right :)

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1 year ago

Always fascinating to read about Greek mythologies. Zeus is definitely a lover man. I never knew Poseidon teamed up with other gods like Athena to usurp the throne

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1 year ago

I have been very interested in mythology since I was a child. I get different information in every article and book I read.

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1 year ago

Wow That's nice.

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