Zeus


Zeus, called the father of the gods. He was the son of Cronus and Rhea. He displaced his father and assumed the leadership of the gods of Olympus. Zeus, according to the Romans who called him Jupiter had good reason to displace his father. It seems that Cronus had been foretold that one of his children was destined to dethrone him. In order to escape this fate he swallowed every child as they were born.

However, Rhea managed to see that her sixth child, Zeus, was secretly taken to Crete, where he was raised by the divine goat Amaltheia. Rhea wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes and gave it to his father to eat. When Zeus was grown he returned and with the help of his grandmother Earth forced Cronus to disgorge it and the five earlier children. The stone was sent to Delphi where, according to a traveler, it was rubbed with oil by priests each day. Zeus was brother of Hades, Hera, Hestia and Poseidon. He married Hera after seducing her as a cuckoo. He is famous for having many affairs which resulted in many known children and probably many more that were not known to be his. Athena was his favorite child. He bore her alone from his head. His bird was the eagle. His gold was guarded by the Griffins and his thunder-bolts were forged by Hephaestus.