Among Zeus' more notable daughters are the goddesses Persephone, Aphrodite, Eileithyia and Hebe. As the king of the gods, Zeus fathered more than 100 children, some of whom were gods and goddesses and some of whom were mortals, depending on the nature of their mother. Zeus also had the ability to give birth to a daughter by himself, without the need of a female for a mother.Continue Reading
Athena was born when the god Hephaestus, the result of his mother Hera's asexual conception, cracked open Zeus' head. In the mythology, Athena sprang forth fully formed and ready to defend her father. She was inside Zeus's head to begin with because Zeus had swallowed her pregnant mother, Metis, acting upon Gaia's prophecy that the daughter of Metis would bear a son who would in turn destroy Zeus.
Also among Zeus' celestial daughters were the three Horae (Seasons), the three Moirae (Fates) and the three Charites (Graces). These goddesses served as moral guides for mankind.
Zeus often disguised himself in order to seduce mortal women, including Leda and Electra. Zeus famously seduced Leda in the form of a swan. From such liaisons, he fathered a great many daughters, including Clytemnestra, Helen of Troy and Harmonia.Learn more about Folklore