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Zeus

Greek: Διας
Who: The Father of Gods and men in ancient Greek religion.
Birthplace: Crete
Attributes: Eagle, Bull, Oak and Thunderbolt
Siblings: Hestia, Hades, Hera, Poseidon and Demeter
Children: Ares, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Heracles, Perseus, ect.

The Jupiter de Smyrne,  discovered in Smyrna in 1680.

The Jupiter de Smyrne,
discovered in Smyrna in 1680.

In Greek mythology Zeus is the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and of the Pantheon of gods that lived there. He upheld law, justice and morals and controlled thunder, lightning and rain. He was married to the Greek goddess Hera and had many offsprings, many of which would form part of the Greek Gods of Olympus. Zeus was worshipped all over ancient Greece and was both loved and feared by the Greeks as he played a prominent role in their lives. The Roman God Jupiter and the Etruscan God Tinia were both counterparts of Zeus.

Zeus was the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea. The story goes that his father Cronus, the leader of the Titans, had been told that one of his children would depose of him. Cronus, afraid that one of his children would usurp the throne from him, began swallowing them one by one after they were born. When Zeus was born his mother Rhea hid Zeus and gave Cronus instead a stone wrapped in clothes in his place. Cronus thinking it was Zeus swallowed the stone. Rhea then took her baby Zeus to Crete to a cave on Mount Dicte, where the divine goat Amaltheia suckled and raised Zeus. Once Zeus became a young man he compelled Cronus to regurgitate the five children he had swallowed and also defeated and banished the dynasty of the Titans.

Zeus was worshipped far and wide in Ancient Greece and had many Temples and festivals in his honour. The most famous of these temples was in Olympia where a golden ivory statue of Zeus was built by Phidias and is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At Olympia the Olympic Games were held in his honour as well as the Nemean Games at Nemea. In Athens they celebrated the marriage of Zeus and Hera with the Theogamia. In all, Zeus had 150 epithets, all being celebrated in his honour. Many statues were built of Zeus usually portraying him as bearded and with a youthful figure. The statue would look imposing and would often show him sitting down in a throne or throwing a thunderbolt, as is seen in the Artemisium Zeus.

ZEUS (Clash of the Gods) 1/4 by History Channel:

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