Zeus: King Of The Gods Essay

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Zeus: King of the Gods

Zeus, Lord of the Skies, King of the Gods, was the last sibling of the Titan Kronos and the Titaness Rhea. He would have suffered the same fate as his other five Olympian siblings, Demeter, Hestia, Poseidon, Hades, and Hera, being swallowed alive, if it had not been for his mother hiding him and tricking Kronos into eating a large stone instead. He was raised in a cave with nine spirits, the Kouretes, and a goat, Amaltheia, that nursed him with her milk and the bees of the mountain provided honey. As a baby, adding on to the fact that his voice was booming, being the thunder god, he was quite boisterous and would have attracted the attention of his father, but the ...view middle of the document...

She gave birth to the Giants, a hideous and monstrous race of humanoids that were born to combat the gods. Zeus and the Olympians valiantly fought all the monsters designed to destroy them. ("Zeus")
Zeus is notorious for being a womanizer, producing many illegitimate offspring. He fathered many of the other gods, such as Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysus, Heracles, Hephaestus, Ares, Hebe, and Persephone ("Zeus")(Cartwright). His wife Hera, the goddess of marriage and queen of the gods, was spiteful toward and tormented the children that she and Zeus had not bore together. She was most well known for going after Heracles, giving him his famed Twelves Labors, and then driving him mad and causing him to kill his wife and kids. Zeus felt pity toward his son and brought him to Olympus and made him a god. Zeus had countless lovers as well. He fooled around with mortals,Titanesses, Nymphs alike, which only incurred Hera’s wrath even worse. She would viciously attack these girls and make her husband admit publicly of his affairs ("Zeus"). He would attempt to mask his identity when he fooled around, but somehow was always caught by Hera. He changed form numerous times, from man to bull, to swan, to fish and back again. He fathered great kings, like Minos of Crete, and magnificent heroes, such as Perseus, the hero who slayed the Gorgon Medusa. Zeus preferred younger women when he selected a potential mortal mate as is seen in his choices of Leto or Europa ("Zeus").
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