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ZeusLightning Δίας ZeusLightning
King of the Gods and Olympus, God of the Sky, Weather and Lightning, Law, Order, Fate and Kingship

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ZEUS (Δίας) is the King of the Gods and Olympus, God of the Sky, Weather and Lightning, Law, Order, Fate and Kingship. He was depicted as a regal man, mature with sturdy figure and dark beard. His usual attributes were a lightning bolt, royal sceptre and eagle.

Some of the more famous myths featuring the god include:

  • His birth and upbringing;
  • The Titan War;
  • His battle with Typhoeus;
  • The War of the Giants;
  • The Great Deluge;
  • His conflict with Prometheus;
  • The punishment of Salmoneus, Tantalos and Ixion;
  • The birth and life of Herakles;
  • His extramarital affairs;
  • The Trojan War.
It is not possible either to trick or escape the mind of Zeus.

–Hesiod

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History and Myths

In Greek mythology Zeus is the god of the sky, weather, air, lightning, honor and justice. He is the King of Olympus, the youngest son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea, and the husband of the goddess Hera.

It should be noted that his early life was a lot like Kronos, who like him, was the youngest and the most powerful of his siblings and he was asked to defeat his father by his Titan mother, Rhea. Kronos sired several children by Rhea: Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, but swallowed them all as soon as they were born, since he had learned from Gaia that he was destined to be overcome by his own son as he had overthrown his own father— a prophecy that Zeus was to hear and fulfil eventually. But when he was about to be born, Rhea sought Gaia to devise a plan to save him, so that Kronos would get his retribution for his acts against Ouranus and his own children. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Kronos a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he promptly swallowed without looking or noticing it.

After reaching manhood, Zeus plotted with his grandmother, Gaia to trick Kronos into disgorging first the stone, then his siblings in reverse order of swallowing. Metis the Titaness gave Kronos a mixture of mustard and wine to force him to disgorge the babies: Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Hera, Poseidon. Zeus then released the brothers of Kronos and his Titan brethren, the Hekatonkheires and the Cyclops, from their dungeon in Tartarus, killing their guard, Kampê.

As a token of their appreciation, the Cyclopes gave him thunder and the thunderbolt, or lightning, which had previously been hidden by Gaia. Together, Zeus and his brothers and sisters, along with the Hekatonkheires, Metis, Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus and the Cyclopes overthrew Kronos and the other Titans, in the First Titan War called the Titanomachy. The defeated Titans were then cast into a shadowy underworld region known as Tartarus, and Kronos was cut up with his own scythe. Atlas, one of the titans that fought against Zeus (also Prometheus and Epimetheus's brother), was punished by having to hold up the sky on his back for all eternity, because the sky could not hold itself up.

After the battle with the Titans, Zeus shared the world with his elder brothers, Poseidon and Hades, by drawing lots: Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon the waters and earthquakes, and Hades received the land of the dead (the Underworld).

The ancient Earth, Gaia, could not be claimed; she was left to all three, each according to their capabilities, which explains why Poseidon was the "earth-shaker" (the god of earthquakes) and Hades claimed the humans that died.

Gaia resented the way Zeus had treated the Titans, because they were her elder children. It should be noted that it was because of this type of action from both Kronos and Ouranos that Kronos overthrew his father and why Zeus and his siblings followed suit in dethroning Kronos. Soon after taking the throne as king of the gods, Gaia brought forth two to stand against the Olympians, the monsters Typhon and Echidna. He vanquished Typhon and trapped him under Mount Edna, later Mt. St. Helens when Western Civilization moved to America, but left Echidna and her children alive to be a challenge for future heroes.

Rhea hid Zeus on Mount Ida in Crete. He was raised by nymphs, who nursed him with goat's milk and honey and ambrosia.

In Roman mythology Jupiter is the King of the God of Winter and the North Wind and is described as having less sympathy for heroes on quests than Boreas.

Vital Statistics

Titles

King of Olympus
King of the Olympians
Lord of the Sky
God of Honour, Justice, Rain, Sky and Lightning

Gender

Male

Status

Immortal

Species

God

Affiliation

Olympians

Weapon

Masterbolt

Home

Olympus

Roman Form

Jupiter

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Mother

Spouse(s)

Hera [ principal ]
Metis
Themis [ previously ]
Mnemosyne

Siblings

Hestia, Demeter & Hera [ sisters ]
Hades & Poseidon [ brothers ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

Aglaea, Athena, The Horai, The Morai, The Muses, Persephone, Cybele, Hebe, Enyo, Eileithyia, Artemis, Britomartis, Angelos, Aletheia, Pandia, Ersa, Agdistis & Herophile [ Daughters ]
Ares, Hermes, Apollo, Dionysus, Perseus, Minos, Heracles, Tantalus, Aeacus, Megaros, Lacadaemon, Tityus, Rhadamanthys, Sarpedon, Amphion, Zethus, Dardanos, Iason, Eetion, Epaphus, Demetrius, Akheilos & Caerus [ Sons ]

Lover(s)

Leto
Europa
Io
Semele
Ganymede
Callisto
Persephone
Nemesis
Thaleia
Danae
Alkmene

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Sky / Lightning / Honour / Justice / Rain / Law / Order / Kingship / Fate

Symbols

Thunder / Lightning / Masterbolt

Sacred Animals

Eagle / Bull

Sacred Plants

Oak

Assumed Powers

As one of the Big Three, Zeus has the ultimate powers a god can possess, and is rivaled only by his brothers, Poseidon and Hades. He possesses the standard physical, intellectual, and magical superiority inherent in all gods, though to a much greater degree due to his status as one of the oldest Olympians as well as one of the Big Three. Even Gaea refers to Zeus as "the first among the gods."

  • Massive Strength: Zeus has incredible physical prowess, and in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, he is mentioned being able to lift and hurl entire mountains at his enemies. Most notably, Zeus was able to crush and imprison Typhon himself (the only known being with strength superior to his own) by hurling Mount Etna on top of him. Also, when Hephaestus angered him, Zeus easily overpowered him, and flung his son all the way from Mount Olympus to Lemnos. In The Blood of Olympus, Zeus was able to fling the Argo II all the way from Athens to Camp Half-Blood, at supersonic speeds.
  • Battle prowess: Zeus was an extremely experienced and skilled warrior. He could easily overpower his son, Hephaestus, and also defeated Kampe, and could also hold his own against Typhon. This particular battle was incredibly difficult and long, and both Dionysus and Hephaestus - enormously powerful Olympians - were removed from the fight with brutal injuries, which contributes to Zeus's mastery of combat techniques and strategy.
  • Height Manipulation: Zeus can tremendously increase his height, shown in The Blood of Olympus, when he grows 100 feet tall before hurling the Argo II all the way from Athens to Camp Half-Blood. In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Zeus grows even taller, until he is half as tall as the Storm Giant Typhon.
  • Aerokinesis: As the God of the Sky, Zeus has absolute control over air. He has the same aerokinetic powers as his son, Jason Grace

Trivia

Trivia

  • Zeus can mean "day" in Ancient Greek. However, as revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, it could also mean "shining" or "life".
  • Zeus is the only Elder Olympian who was not born on Mount Othrys, since he was born in a cave at the base of Mount Ida on Crete.
  • Interestingly, as shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Zeus is the only Olympian who has ever turned into a "Titanic" version of himself for disguise.
  • As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Zeus is an excellent singer and dancer. He also knows many outrageously hilarious "Satyr jokes".
  • In Rome, he was referred to as "Jupiter Optimus Maximus" ("Jupiter the Best and the Greatest").
  • The Olympic Games started as one of the religious festivals in Ancient Greece in honor of Zeus.
  • Of all major Olympians, Zeus has the most children, and is rivaled only by Poseidon.
  • Jupiter, the largest planet of the Solar system, is named after Zeus' Roman form.
  • Zeus is the only Olympian that wields a weapon that cannot be used by mortals.
  • Zeus' Egyptian counterpart (in terms of supreme authority) is Ra.
  • Zeus' Norse counterpart (in terms of supreme authority) is Odin, though in terms of attributes, Zeus has much more in common with Thor.

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