HISTORY OF ZEUS

Zeus was the king of the Greek gods who lived on Mount Olympus.

Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, the youngest of his siblings to be born. He is married to Hera, by whom he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Eileithyia, Hebe, and Hephaestus.

He was respected as an all father who was chief of the gods.

Brothers and Sisters:

Zeus had several brothers and sisters who were also powerful gods and goddesses. He was the youngest, but the most powerful of three brothers. His oldest brother was Hades who ruled the Underworld. His other brother was Poseidon, god of the sea. He had three sisters including Hestia, Demeter, and Hera (who he married).

Zeus had a number of children. Some of his children were Olympic gods such as Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, Hermes and Dionysus. He also had some children who were half human and were heroes such as Hercules and Perseus. Other famous children include the Muses, the Graces, and Helen of Troy.

STORY OF KING OF GODS:

Zeus was the sixth child of the Titan gods Cronus and Rhea.

Zeus’ father Cronus was worried that his children would become too powerful, so he ate his first five children. They didn’t die, but they couldn’t get out of his stomach either.

When Rhea had Zeus, she hid him from Cronus and Zeus was raised in the forest by Nymphs. When Zeus grew older he wanted to rescue his brothers and sisters. He got a special potion and disguised himself so that Cronus would not recognize him. When Cronus drank the potion, he coughed up his five children. They were Hades, Poseidon, Demeter, Hera, and Hestia.

Cronus and the Titans were angry. They battled Zeus and his brothers and sisters for years. Zeus set the giants and Cyclopes of Earth free to help him fight.

They gave the Olympians weapons to fight the Titans. Zeus got thunder and lightning, Poseidon got a powerful trident, and Hades a helm that made him invisible.

The Titans surrendered and Zeus had them locked deep underground. Mother Earth then became angry with Zeus for locking the Titans underground.

She sent the world’s most fearsome monster called the Typhon to fight the Olympians.

The other Olympians ran and hid, but not Zeus. Zeus fought the Typhon and trapped him under Mount Etna.

This is the legend of how Mount Etna became a volcano. Now Zeus was the most powerful of all the gods.

He and his fellow gods went to live on Mount Olympus. There Zeus married Hera and ruled over the gods and humans.

Zeus is king in heaven is a saying common to all men”. Zeus’ symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak.

Zeus is frequently depicted by Greek artists in one of three poses: standing, striding forward with a thunderbolt leveled in his raised right hand, or seated in majesty.

THUNDERBOLTS:

The God of Thunder, had the power to wield thunderbolts.

He did this by concentrating vast amounts of energy in his hands, then aiming and hurling thunderbolts at his targets.

His bolts could shear mountains, vaporize islands, incinerate entire cities and even boil the seas.

His bolt were also capable of destroying the bodies of mortals, and even gods.

CONTROL OVER THE ELEMENTS:

Since Zeus was the God of the sky, he had absolute control over elements such as winds, thunderstorms, rain, moisture, clouds, lightning and weather.

He also had the ability to control the movement of stars, govern the functioning of day and night, controlling the effects of time and decide the lifespan of mortals.

ABILITY TO GRANT POWERS:

It is believed that Zeus controlled the abilities of all his children and sisters, and could take their powers and grant them new ones at will.

Apart from this, he was also extremely strong physically, enough to lift mountains.

His strength exceeded that of every Olympian, except that of Hercules, who was his son.

SHAPE-SHIFT:

Another great ability of Zeus was that he was able to shape-shift or transform himself into other forms at will.

Accounts of this ability are mainly witnessed in the tales of his sexual escapades.

His disguises included that of an eagle, a satyr, a flame of fire, a phoenix, a shower of gold, a bull, an ant, an eagle, a shower, a lapwing, a swan, a star, a bear, a shepherd, a goose, a serpent and a vulture.

Leda and the Swan-Zeus took the form of a swan to have intercourse with Leda.