Zeus Research Paper

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Zeus was the mightiest and most powerful of the Greek gods. He was portrayed as the ruler of the mighty gods; he was their king. We immediately associate Zeus with a thunderbolt. It is a well-known symbol of Zeus. Zeus is the god of the skies and the ruler of Mount Olympus. The Olympian gods are much of a family; they are all related in some way. Zeus was well known for being a father to the gods. He had fathered many children to many different women. The story of Zeus was a story based on the uprising of a son against the wrongdoings of his father. Zeus was the son of Cronus, supreme leader of the universe, and Rhea (Parada). Zeus was the youngest of his siblings, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, and Hades (Sagona). One of Zeus's later wives, as well …show more content…

Cronus was told that one day he would be dethroned by his own son, losing the position as supreme ruler of the universe. To avoid his terrible fate, Cronus began swallowing his own children as they were born. As expected, his wife Rhea was not pleased. Rhea traveled to Crete to hide in a cave of Mount Dicte, in order to give birth to Zeus. Rhea gave Cronus a stone wrapped in clothes to swallow as if it were his newborn son, Zeus. She saved him and from that point, sealed Cronus’s fate (Parada). The goat Amalthia then raised Zeus as a baby. When Zeus became a young man, he returned to dethrone Cronus. With the help of Metis, Zeus gave Cronus a drink with poison. This caused Cronus to regurgitate his siblings that Cronus had swallowed, they were now fully grown (Zeus). Zeus freed the Cyclops and Hecatoncheires from Tartarus. The Cyclops fashioned battle gear for the gods to help them defeat Cronus and the reigning Titans. Hecatoncheires threw boulders at the Titans. Once they were victorious, Zeus sent all of the Titans to Tartarus. He sent all but Atlas, who was punished by forever having to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders

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