Zeus, the father of gods and men, had a number of consorts before and after his marriage to Hera.
His first and favorite lover was Metis, a Titan goddess and mother of Athena.
He later married Themis, Titan goddess of tradition, with whom he had six children; the three Horai (Hours) and the three Moirai (Fates); according to some myths, the three Nymphai (Nymphs) were also children of Zeus and Themis. Afterwards, he was interested in Demeter but she resisted him.
His third wife was Mnemosyne, who gave birth to the nine Muses.
He has also married Leto and had Apollo and Artemis with her.
Zeus’ final wife was his sister, Hera. Knowing her sympathy for animals, he transformed himself into a distressed little cuckoo, which Hera took in her arms to warm it. At that moment, Zeus turned back into himself and slept with her. Ashamed, Hera agreed to marry him.
Even after his marriage to Hera, he continued sleeping with both goddesses and mortals. The following is an indicative list of characters that Zeus consorted with:
See Also: Hera, Metis, Themis, Demeter, Mnemosyne, Leto, Europa, Io, Semele, Ganymede, Callisto, Dione, Persephone, Nemesis
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