He was seen as a king and was the most powerful immortal yet he can not change other peoples fate. ("The Gods of Olympus". Arts and Humanities Through the Eras 294-307) Zeus would sit in Mount Olympus and look down at all of the humans. Everyone except his enemies had great respect for Zeus. Many people knew not to go against Zeus because anyone who did would suffer great consequences.
Zeus is the god of all gods and the sky. He is considered to be the most important god. There are many goddess’ that are also important in Roman religion. Hera, the wife of Zeus, is the queen and mother of all gods. She is also the goddess of women, marriage, and maternity.
Greek mythology is a person favorite thing to research about because the things like goddesses,monsters, places. In greek mythology zeus is the youngest son that cronus and rhea have, he was the supreme ruler olympics and the pantheon of gods, and originally worshiped as a weather god by greek tribes. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme the ruler of gods, as well as lord of the sky and rain. Zeus the deity of the universe, ruler of the skies and earth,zeus is important to greek mythology, because he was the god of the sky and the ruler of olympian gods.
Zeus carries out his justice to those who deserves it, disregarding any sort of connection that he has towards the individual. As a result, he is able to hand out impartial punishment towards those who wronged his principles or the principles of others. An example of this is during the assembly of gods at Zeus’s halls to discuss the fate of Aegisthus. During the assembly, Athena takes this opportunity to plea to Zeus to aid Odysseus’s return to Ithaca. Athena takes advantage of Poseidon’s absence to persuade Zeus because Poseidon is a significant factor that prevents Odysseus from returning home.
Zeus is central to the plot and makes conscious decisions about main events in the Iliad. Unlike the previous two divines discussed, Athena and Apollo who essentially choose sides to meddle with, Zeus influence both the Greeks and the Trojans. He has a more neutral stance in the plot and is the dispenser of good and evil. This neutrality is probably because he does not want to see Troy disperse and destroyed by neither the Trojans or Greeks, but at times it is seen that he favours the Trojans more than the Greeks. Further, Zeus has control over the other gods and goddesses by negotiating, planning, and making judgment calls relative to whether or not the gods should intervene and when.
“Odysseus, the godlike survivor, was glad, and he spoke in prayer: ‘Father Zeus, let Alcinous accomplish all that he says’”(Lombardo 105). Odysseus refers to Zeus, the god of lightning and men, as father for the reader to perceive Greeks think the Gods control everything that happens like fathers or father-figures take control of the household. Fathers are role models because they pre determine one’s reputation the moment they are born. Fathers represent respect and reputation itself.
“Father Zeus, doesn’t it infuriate you to see this violence? We gods get the worst of it from each other whenever we try to help out men. Why did you have to give birth to that madwoman, your marauding daughter who is always breaking the rules? All the rest of us gods, everyone on Olympus, listens to you. But she can say or do whatever she wants.”
Prometheus’ terror is clearly shown at the thought of stealing fire from the gods, as he knows the punishment will be severe (page 20, The Book Of Myths by Amy Cruse), but he pilfers it anyways because he knows that it will greatly benefit the human race. Even when Zeus sentences Prometheus to unending agony, he stands fearlessly, accepting his destiny (page 25, The Book Of Myths). Zeus was the king of all the Greek gods and the supreme ruler of the world, and to
They viewed sex in terms of phalluses, of active and passive: something that was done to somebody, rather than with them [Source 2][Source 6][Source 9]. While an adult male was expected to sexually pursue both women and boys [Source 4][Source 9], a grown man who preferred a passive role would have been stereotyped as effeminate and ridiculed [Source 2][Source 4]. Marriages were usually for political or monetary reasons rather than love, so most romantic bonds were between two men [Source 9]. Another thing that separates the Ancient Greeks from the norms, values and definitions of today is that they attached no shame to sex
The Greek divinity is portrayed as a large influencing congregation that controls separate parts of daily life, nature, and future. Zeus is the overarching leader of all the gods and the god of the sky, Poseidon the god of the seas, Hades the god of the underworld, and Athena, daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom all contribute to the outcome of Odysseus’s travels. The Greek’s definition of gods, which is that of individual control of each element of Earth, evolved to that a singular god that does not have a daily influence, a god of one time creation. The Greek gods choose Odysseus from the beginning of his life and made the choices that caused the Odyssey and thus sparked the religious evolution to modern day Christianity and a distant god. Odysseus was a strong ruler who was influential and intelligent in all components of Ithaca life.
The Greek gods viewed the Trojan War as an elaborate chess game, where the gods and goddess have the role of a chess player and the humans are the game pieces and pawns. The gods have the ability to influence the decisions of each human or pawn. Zeus seems to be playing the role similar to that of an antagonist as he was the one who started the war or we can say the “game of chess”. This is a competition between the gods.
Instead of being perfect omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent gods, they have limited power and influence, and are often driven by humanistic emotions and desires. While the gods do show concern over some mortals, they don’t make decisions solely concerning the wellbeing or interests of the humans, but instead, like the humans themselves, usually act with their own interests at heart. Athena and Poseidon both acts in accordance to their desires and emotions, and have a biased view on particular humans. Unlike the perfect deities we have in mind when we think of the divine, Greek gods are just immortal beings who are just as fallible and imperfect as the humans they preside
Humans are like puppets; they have the freedom of choice however their decisions are constantly interfered by the gods. The god’s are given respect due to their extreme power, as mortals know, if offended a god, one would most likely have to face severe consequences. Nonetheless, the gods are not all powerful, as they have emotions that drive them hence weakens them. In Ancient Greek society, having the gods in your favor played a critical role in peoples daily lives, as the gods would extremely influence decision, have significant power over one’s fate, and have direct involvement in the lives of humans. “Father Zeus, is there any mortal left on the wide earth who will still declare to the immortals his mind and his purpose?