As Greek god of the skies, Zeus is responsible for lightning, thunder, clouds, and rains. After defeating Titans in war, three Olympians, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, had to decide who would become the god os skies, the god of the underworld, and god of the seas.
Zeus suggests that he and his fellow Olympian brothers draw a lot of determining which area each would rule. Zeus drew the skies, Hades drew the underworld, and Poseidon brought the seas.
ZEUS’ GOD OF RAIN MYTH
After becoming the god of the sky, Zeus could control the weather. He used to give punishment with a lightning thunderbolt to those who did something wrong.
As the sky and rain, Zeus noticed this behavior of mortals and decided to stop the rain, which would affect vegetation to grow.
At first, mortals didn’t know what is happening, but later they started praying to god Zeus, and Zeus gave mortals rain to restore their harvest.
ZEUS’ GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Zeus, the Greek god of thunder and the ruler over the sky, was married to Hera. Zeus guarded the universe. Therefore Zeus became the king and father of the gods. He often referred to as the chieftain of the gods. His most well-known symbol is the thunderbolt.
The thunderbolt is said to be made by the god of blacksmiths Hephaestus. Zeus children with Hera, were Ares, the god of war, Hebe the goddess of youth, and Hephaestus. It is known that Zeus had many love affairs, and therefore many offsprings. Zeus’ most acquainted broods were Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Perseus, and Heracles.
Zeus was the youngest of the children of Cronus and Rhea. His other siblings were Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. Cronus once overthrew his father and was therefore destined to be defeated by his son as well.
To prevent that destiny, he swallowed all of his children. For Zeus, though, Rhea and Gaia advised a plan. After Zeus’ birth, Rhea gave Cronus a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes. Gaia secretly raised the infant.
When Zeus grew older, he forced Cronus to disgorge the rock and then his siblings in reverse order of swallowing. Together with his siblings, Zeus overthrew his father and the other Titans.
Zeus imprisoned the Titans in the underworld region known as Tartarus. After the battle against the Titans, Zeus shared the world with his elder brothers, Poseidon and Hades.
GOD ZEUS FACTS
- Zeus’ weapon was a thunderbolt that he could throw at anything when he wished.
- Zeus married his sister Hera
- Zeus’ symbols were the thunderbolt, and eagle.
- Zeus’ horse was called Pegasus.
- Zeus’ powerful shield was called the Aegis.
- Zeus was immortal.