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Zeus is a god of sky and the air who features prominently in Greek Mythology.

Description

Whilst Zeus as a god was capable of assuming any number of different forms from animals to elemental effects, he is most commonly depicted as an imposing and well-built man in his middle years with a full beard and brandishing his signature weapon, the thunderbolt.

History

The son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, Zeus was hidden from his father at birth through necessity; Cronus had learned from his own parents Uranus and Gaia that he was destined to be overthrown by his son, and had already swallowed several of his offspring, the gods Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon, in an attempt to avoid this fate.

Whilst there are various accounts of Zeus’s childhood, the only thing that can be ascertained for sure is that he grew to manhood safe from the depredations of his father.

Upon reaching adulthood, Zeus confronted his father and forced him to regurgitate his siblings before freeing the Cyclopes (who then gifted Zeus his signature weapon the Thunderbolt) and Cronus’ imprisoned brothers, the giants known as the Hecatoncheires. Together this group waged the Titanomachy war on Cronus and the other Titans and were ultimately successful, casting their defeated foes down into the pit of Tartarus.

Following the Titanomachy, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades split the world between themselves, Zeus receiving the sky and the air, Poseidon the water and Hades the Underworld, although Zeus still maintained his dominance over the other Gods. However, Gaia held some resentment towards Zeus for the way he had treated her defeated children and sent two of her other offspring, the monsters Typhon and Echidna, to do battle with the Gods. These creatures were also swiftly defeated.

Zeus‘s primary consort after the Titanomachy was his sister Hera, and the two produced several children together. However, Zeus was not faithful to Hera and he also fathered many other children to both other gods and divine beings and to mortal women.

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