Hera, queen of the gods, is the goddess of marriage, which is a bit ironic since she is married to one of the most philandering of the gods, her husband and brother, Zeus. Zeus, the king of the gods, is a sky god whose weapons include the thunderbolt. In the Homeric epics
, Zeus is deferred to by the other gods and his advice and permission is often asked. When the gods misbehave, Zeus often orders the punishment. In many myths Zeus is the father of the mortal. His children include Helen of Troy and Hercules. His loves include males as well as females and he seduces in various animal and inanimate forms.