Zeus Essay

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Zeus was the ruler of all Greek Gods and was the father to most of them. Being this supreme ruler he upheld law, justice and morals, and that made him the spiritual leader of all gods and men. He built his domain on mountain tops and in the clouds (heaven). From there he could survey and enliven all below him. Zeus's breastplate was the aegis (goatskins of Amaltheia), his bird was an eagle, and his tree was the oak.Zeus was the god of the sky. Always being associated as a weather god for everybody worshiped him for being a weather god. He controlled rain, clouds, thunder, and most known for wielding thunderbolts (lightning). Theocritus wrote in 265 B.C.E.: "sometimes Zeus is clear, sometimes he rains." Some stories and poems like lliad have said: That he had sent thunderstorms against his enemies. He has been known to be the creator of thunderstorms. Also has been represented as the god of justice and mercy, a protector of the weak, and punisher of the wicked.Zeus becoming the god of all gods didn't come easy. For one, had a rough childhood, and ended up saving the lives of his brothers and sisters. He was the sixth child of his parents' Cronus and Rhea. Cronus was the supreme ruler of the universe and became that supreme ruler when he slayed his farther, Uranus. Cronus had been warned that one day his son would dispose of him as he had done his father. Knowing the consequences, he swallowed all Zeus's brothers and sisters, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, as they were born. Not wanting to become dethroned from his son Zeus. Yet when Zeus was born his mother Rhea and Gala, Rhea's mother, tricked Cronus by switching a stone wrapped in clothes for the infant Zeus. Cronus thinking it was the newborn baby swallowed the stone. While Gaia had Zeus taken to the safe island of Crete, and in a cave on Mount Dicte. There the Nymphs, Idy and Adrastia, feed the baby with the milk of the goat Amalthea. Although they were well out of reach, they still took no chances. Kourites had the job of safely guarding Zeus and when he would cry Kourites would make noise by hitting his shields with his sword, so Cronus wouldn't hear the cry of Zeus.When Zeus grew to a young man, he returned to his father's domain to fulfill his destiny. How he got his father to vomit out the stone, and his brothers and sisters, is unclear. One version states that with the help of Gaia, they got Cronus to some how regurgitate. Another one states that Zeus received help from Metis who gave Cronus an emetic potion, which made him vomit. Some state that Zeus kicked the aged god Cronus in the stomach so hard that it made him throw up. Either which way you put it, Cronus vomited up the stone and the undigested brothers and sisters of Zeus. Afterwards he castrated Cronus, just like Cronus had done to his own father, Uranus.From then on Zeus lead the revolt against his father and the reign of the Titans. With the support of his liberated brothers and sisters, Cyclops (made the...

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