While Heracles is arguably Zeus's most famous son, the chief god had many others as well, including Asopus, Hephaestus, Perseus, Phasis, Minos, Aeacus, Aegipan, Ares, Apollo, Dardanus, Dionysus, Hermes, Herse, the Palici and Zagreus. Some daughters of Zeus include Agdistis, Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite, Britomartis, Caerus, the Horae, Hebe, Helen of Troy, the Litae, Melinoe, the Muses, Pandeia and the Graces. The parentage and even the names of Greek gods vary by source, so there is no definitive list of all of Zeus's children.Continue Reading
Heracles was born to the mortal woman Alcmene after a tryst with Zeus. When Hera, Zeus's wife, discovered Heracles, she sent two serpents to kill the infant. However, Heracles was strong even as a baby, and he managed to strangle the serpents with one in each hand. As Heracles grew up, he proved himself to be an exemplary warrior, archer and wrestler, and eventually he had a family of his own.
However, Hera still despised Heracles, and she used her power to send him into a rage that caused him to slaughter his wife and children. To repent for this crime, he embarked on what became known as the Labors of Heracles, a series of quests including his famous fight against the Hydra. Afterward, Heracles continued to engage in various quests, including helping Jason and his Argonauts, and when he finally died, his mortal half was burned away and he became a full-fledged god.Learn more about Mythology
Zeus, Hades, Apollo, Ares and Dionysus are notable Greek gods, whereas Athena, Hestia, Hera and Aphrodite are notable Greek goddesses. Demeter, Hephaestus, Hermes, Artemis and Poseidon are also major Greek gods.Full Answer >
Heracles, or Hercules as he was more commonly known, was the nickname given to Alcides, the son of Zeus and Alcmene. The nickname, which was bestowed upon him by Eurystheus, King of Mycenae, means "the glory of Hera."Full Answer >
Ancient Greeks worshiped many gods and goddesses, including Zeus, Hades, Apollo, Aphrodite, Ares and Hermes. These gods and goddesses had different personalities and played various roles. Ancient Greeks worshiped their gods in different sanctuaries within the city and in the countryside by participating in festivals and sacrifices.Full Answer >
A major figure in Greek myth, Perseus, a son of Zeus, founded Mycenae and established the Perseid dynasty of Danaans in honor of his mother. His exploits, principally his beheading of the Gorgon Medusa, form one of the bases for the myths of the Olympians.Full Answer >