Definition of Zeus


Zeus in Greek Mythology, is the supreme god, ruler and protector of mankind, the dispenser of good and evil, the god of weather and atmospheric phenomena (such as rain and thunder). His Roman equivalent is Jupiter.
At the time of the Bronze Age, Zeus is one of four gods that share sovereignty. His status does not seem privileged compared to Poseidon or Cronus. The first rules the world below, the second on Earth or intermediary world and Zeus the sky. Hera, the goddess of the Year is their companion.
In the classical period, Zeus enter in mythology that becomes more sophisticated and acquiers a genealogy. He is the third generation of the gods, after the primordial couple (Uranus and Gaia) and their direct descendants, Giants, Titans and others.
Thus, it appears as the third son of Rhea and Cronus. He narrowly escapes, the greed of his father, and was raised by two nymphs in secret. Amalthea is his nurse and will be upgraded to the constellation of Capricorn, when Zeus will lead the world as suprem ruler. As an adult, he overthrones his father and makes him regurgitate his siblings, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter and Hera.
Then takes place the famous war between the Olympians and Titans, which lasts ten years. The Hecatonchires, the Cyclops and some of theTitans rallied the cause of Zeus. After the war, he shares the universe with his brothers. Hades received the Underworld, Poseidon the Oceans, and Zeus takes the Sky.
His life is read like a long series of amorous conquests (depicting military conquests on indigenous or undermined the sanctuaries of the Mother Goddess).
Zeus has the temperament and the first has to pay the price is his own mother. She turns into a snake trying to escape. He did as well and mates with her. He has three official wives, Metis, that he swallows, Themis and Hera who did not want him. He has, once again, use of rape to achieve its ends.
As for his love affairs, it is futile to try to make the list. Those include Mnemosyne, his sister Demeter, Persephone's mother, Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis, Maia, mother of Hermes and many more.
Young adolescents, as Ganymede, fail to escape the libido of the god. At each outburst, the terrible vengeance of Hera goes to Zeus' lovers or his offsprings.
Anyone in Greece honor Zeus, especially on the hills, and in temples. Simple headstones, or oak, are used to represent it.
In the classical period, great sculptors show him on a throne, holding a Victory in his right hand and a scepter topped with an eagle in his left hand.

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