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What is the physical description of Zeus?

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The Greek god Zeus is often described as a strong, imposing older man, with long curly hair and a beard. His symbols are the thunderbolt, scepter and throne. Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of all gods in Greek mythology.

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What is the physical description of Zeus?
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Zeus had three sisters, Hera, Demeter and Hestia, and two brothers, Hades and Poseidon. He became ruler by winning a draw with this brothers after they overthrew their father, Cronus. Zeus had a golden throne on Mount Olympus' highest summit, where he could watch over the gods and mortals. He acts as council to the other gods, settling disputes and punishing those who have wronged others.

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    What is the physical description of Poseidon?

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    When was Zeus born and when did he die?

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    Zeus is a fictional mythological figure who is said to have been born in some undefined prehistoric period, and as such, there is no exact date for the character's supposed birth; additionally, there is no widely known classical reference to Zeus's death, which is perhaps unsurprising given that he was supposed to be an immortal god. There are multiple classical sources for the myth of Zeus' birth, including Hesiod's "Theogony," which states that Zeus was the son of Rhea, a child of Mother Earth, and Cronus, a Titan. Hesiod gives no specific date for this event, implying only that the birth of Zeus and other gods took place before mankind existed.

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    Who were Zeus' allies?

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