Zeus The Man The Myth The Legend

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His first choice would be the Titaness Mitis who had helped Zeus assume his position. Mitis, just like Zeus, was a shape shifter. She was not ready to give herself to Zeus but he did eventually get his way. Before he had a chance to enjoy his victory Gaia warned him that Mitis would birth a son that would be powerful enough to overthrow him. Panicked, Zeus swallowed Mitis, not knowing she was already pregnant (Stone 55). Zeus himself was not only now pregnant but he gained the wisdom that Mitis had. After Mitis, Zeus would have many wives which produced many offspring. His next wife would be the Titaness Themis who would birth two sets of triplets. The first set was the Orai, or Seasons, and the second set were the Moirai, or the Three Fates. The Three Fates were named Klotho, Lakhesis, and Atropos. Together, the Three Fates would spin the thread of life, decide on its end and cut it. Zeus, in all his glory, was virtually powerless to their influence. His third wife, Evrynomi, was the sister of Mitis. She would give birth to the three Graces, beauty, gentleness, and friendship. Mnemosyne, goddess of memory, would give birth to the nine Muse (Stone 56). Finally, there was Hera. Hera would be the primary wife of Zeus throughout his reign as king of the gods. However, this did not suppress his unquenchable thirst for lust.
Hera was the sister of Zeus and one the siblings he saved from Kronos. He would seduce Hera in the form of a cuckoo bird. Once he seduced her he then created a silver rain that fell from a cloudless sky causing Hera to protect the fragile bird by putting him under her skirt. She knew by doing this she would be giving herself to the bird and almost instantly Zeus transformed
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back into himself (Stone 57). Hera would become the goddess of marriage and birth. Together, Zeus and Hera would have three children. The goddess of youth, Hebe, would become the cupbearer of the gods, Ares was the god of war, and Eileithia, who would later become the goddess of childbirth. Hera is better known for her jealousy and vengeful tactics against her unfaithful husband. One of the most well-known stories is when she found out about Herakles, born from Zeus and Alkmini. The name Herakles, meaning Hera’s Glory, infuriated Hera to begin with being a constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity. In her attempt to get back at Zeus she put two poisonous snakes in the crib of baby Herakles. Her attempt to kill him failed as he easily managed the snakes. She realized she would not be able to kill so instead she would make his life as miserable as she could. She sent the goddess of madness to Herakles which caused him to go mad, blindly kill his wife and children. This tragedy would eventually lead to his completing of the twelve labors and his becoming of a hero-god (Stone 131). With his wife in place Zeus would continue to build his Olympian family atop Mt. Olympus.
Zeus would not rule atop mount Olympus alone he would be accompanied by...

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