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Fast Facts About the Olympians - The God Zeus


Head of Colossal Zeus

Head from a colossal marble cult statue of Zeus. Found at Aigeira, Achaia, along with the head.

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Temple of Zeus at Olympia

Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Ryan Vinson http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=profile&l=raien Jupiter and Semele by Gustave Moreau

Jupiter and Semele by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)

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Fast Facts About the Olympians > Zeus

Name: Greek - Zeus; Roman - Jupiter


Parents: Cronus and Rhea
Foster Parents: Nymphs in Crete; nursed by Amalthea
Siblings: Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus. Zeus was the youngest sibling and also the oldest -- since he was alive before the regurgitation of the gods by Papa Cronus.
Mates: (legion:) Aegina, Alcmena, Antiope, Asteria, Boetis, Calliope, Callisto, Calyce, Carme, Danae, Demeter, Dia, Dino, Dione, Cassiopeia, Elare, Electra, Europa, Eurymedusa, Eurynome, Hera, Himalia, Hora, Hybris, Io, Juturna, Laodamia, Leda, Leto, Lysithoe, Maia, Mnemosyne, Niobe, Nemesis, Othris, Pandora, Persephone, Protogenia, Pyrrha, Selene, Semele, Taygete, Themis, Thyia [from Carlos Parada's list]
Wives:Metis, Themis, Hera
Children: legion, including:
Moirai, Horae, Muses, Persephone, Dionysus, Heracles, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hebe, Hermes, Athena, Aphrodite

Role of Zeus

For Humans: Zeus was god of the sky, weather, law and order. Zeus presides over oaths, hospitality, and suppliants.
For Gods: Zeus was king of the gods. He was called the father of gods and men. The gods had to obey him.

Canonical Olympian?Yes. Zeus is one of the canonical Olympians.


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