Zeus Picture

In the ancient Greek religion, Zeus was the "Father of Gods and men" who was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods.
Zeus was the sixth child born to Cronus and Rhea. Because Cronus, ruler of the Titans and the supreme god at the time, was afraid that one of his children would overthrow him, just like he overthrew his father, Uranus, he swallowed his first five children - Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. This infuriated Rhea and when Zeus was born she tricked Cronus into swallowing a rock wrapped in blankets.
After reaching manhood, Zeus forced Cronus to disgorge his siblings. Then he released the brothers of Cronus, the Gigantes, the Hecatonchires and the Cyclopes, from their dungeon in Tartarus. Together, Zeus and his brothers and sisters, along with the Gigantes, Hecatonchires and Cyclopes overthrew Cronus and the other Titans.
After the battle with the Titans, Zeus shared the world with his elder brothers, Poseidon and Hades, by drawing lots - Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon the waters, and Hades the world of the dead.

Zeus symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak.

oil on canvas

(c) feb 2012

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