Mythical Figure
Date Of Birth:
c. 700 B.C.
Place Of Birth:
Ancient Greece
Best Known As:
Supreme ruler of the ancient Greek gods
Zeus was the proud, imposing, and irritable supreme god of the ancient Greeks. Beginning around 700 B.C., stories by Homer and other Greek poets described the lives of powerful gods who involved themselves in human affairs. Supreme among these gods was Zeus, who inherited the heavens and earth after overthrowing his father, Cronus. Zeus ruled from Mt. Olympus, rewarding good and punishing evil; his most famous weapon was a thunderbolt. He, like the other gods, enjoyed manipulating human lives just to satisfy his own whims. Zeus also liked the ladies, frequently dropping to earth for amorous adventures with nymphs and mortals. This was often a source of conflict with his wife, the powerful goddess Hera.
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In Roman mythology, Jupiter and Juno are the equivalent of Zeus and Hera… Zeus’s daughter Athena was said to be “sprung from the brow of Zeus.” That is, he carried her in his own body and she was then somehow birthed out of his head.

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