Zeus (Myths and Legends of the World)
Zeus was the most important of ancient Greece, the leader of the gods and the all-powerful overseer of earthly events and human destiny.future or fate of an individual or thing His role in mythology was complex and filled with contradictions. Zeus was the god of law and social order, yet he came to power through violent revolution. A god of marriage and the household, he was repeatedly unfaithful to his own wife, HeraGreek goddess, wife and sister of Zeus; queen of heaven (Roman goddess Juno), and fathered children by a variety of women.
As a mythological figure, Zeus changed over the centuries. Originally a sky god, he was believed to bring clouds, rain, thunder, and lightning. His were associated with mountain peaks where clouds gathered. As Greek mythology developed, the figure of Zeus grew larger until he became the dominant force in the Greek pantheon.all the gods of a particular culture Later, as Jupiter, he was the chief god of Rome.
The Father of Gods and Men. Some of the earliest accounts of Zeus appear in the writings of and Hesiod(ca. 700 B.C.) Greek poet who wrote the Theogony. Homer called Zeus "the father of gods and men," but the term fatber referred more to Zeus's position of authority...
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