MYTHS OF ZEUS

The myths of Zeus says that he was the youngest son of the Titan Cronus and Rhea. One day Cronus knew from the Titans Gaia and Uranus that his destiny was to be overcome by one of his sons, just the same way he did with his father. When Zeus was just days born, Rhea and Gaia thought of a plan to save the baby, so Cronus would pay for all of his actions against his other babies in the hands of Zeus, which he swallowed as soon as they were born.

Myths of Zeus

When Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, she gave Cronus a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, instead of the baby, and Cronus believing was the baby, swallow it.

There are various myths of Zeus in what happened during his childhood and in how he survived without Cronus knowing it, some of these myths are:

  • He was raised by the goat Amalthea, with the help of Kouretes (soldiers and smaller gods), who danced, clashed their spears against their shields and shouted every time Zeus cried so Cronus would not hear him.
  • Was raised by Melissa, who nursed him with goat milk and honey.

  • The nymph Adamanthea help to hid him from Cronus, who ruled heavens, sea and earth. She put Zeus on a rope hanging from a tree, so he would be suspended between sea, earth and sky.
  • Gaia raised and protect him.
  • Cynosura, the nymph raised him and in gratitude for this, Zeus placed her on the sky among the stars.
  • A shepherd family raised him under the promise that their sheep would be safe from the wolves.

When Zeus reached manhood, he decided it was time to fight Cronus, with this battle known as The Titanomarchy starts some more myths of Zeus. First Zeus went and forced Cronus to vomit the stone Omphalos, which was set down at Pytho under the glens of Parnassus. Then to vomit his siblings in the reverse order that he swallow them. Another myth says that Zeus just opened Cronus' stomach open so his siblings could escape.

After releasing his brothers Hades and Poseidon along his sisters Hera, Demeter and Hestia, Zeus headed to Tartarus, there he killed Campe and gave freedom to the Cyclops, the Hecatonchires and the Giants. As a thank you, the Cyclops gave Zeus the thunder and thunderbolt, and with the help of everyone Zeus defeated the Titans.

After winning the Titanomarchy, Zeus casted the Titans to Tartarus, all but Atlas, who was punished to help up the sky. Then Zeus and his brothers ruled the world, which was divided by luck: Zeus kept the sky and air, Poseidon the sea and earth and Hades the underworld. During his reign, Zeus was the Supreme Ruler, he was also know as The Lord Of The Sky, Rain God and The Cloud Gathered.

He married Hera, but still he was falling in love with woman after woman, descending and using tricks to hide his infidelities to Hera.

His breastplate had the Aegis on it, his bird was the eagle, his symbolic tree was the Oak and his Oracle was Dodona, in the land of the trees.

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