Zeus Biography Essay

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I did my project on Zeus who is the god of thunder and god of the sky. In fact, he is often shown holding a thunderbolt in his hand, prepared to strike down anyone who might oppose him or his brothers. In Greek art, he is almost always pictured standing or striding in a powerful, intimidating manner. He is also called the "Father of Gods and men." The Roman name for Zeus is Jupiter and sometimes Jove. Jupiter is thought to be made up of a Proto-Indo-Europeans word for god. Zeus is often shown with a long white beard and long hair. He was also known as the gatherer of the clouds. Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. His father, Cronus, would eat all of his children in fear of being overthrown. When Zeus was born, Rhea told Gaia to devise a plan to save him, so that Cronus would get his retribution for his acts against Uranus and his own children. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, and soon after she handed Cronus a rock wrapped in clothes, which he swallowed. Rhea hid Zeus in a cave on Mount Ida in Crete after he was born. While in the cave, he was raised by Gaia, who is known as the great mother of the heavenly gods. There are many stories of how Zeus was raised, another one being that he was raised in the Diktaion cave, where he was nursed by Amaltheia and guarded by the Kouretes. Zeus married Hera, and eventually they had many children. Zeus also had relations with plenty of other goddesses. Zeus had over 100 children, the important ones being Persephone, Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Athena, and Heracles. His symbols are the thunderbolt, the eagle, the bull, and the oak. Once Zeus had grown up, he forced Cronus to disgorge his siblings. The Cyclopes gave him a thunder and lightning as a token of their appreciation towards him. Zeus and his siblings overthrew Cronus and all of the other Titans, and once defeated

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