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
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.Full Answer >
Hera's accomplishments included her marriage to Zeus, her asexual conception and delivery of a son, and her many imaginative punishments. She also assisted Jason and the Argonauts in their search for the golden fleece.Full Answer >
Some examples of myths include the Greek story of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and the tale of Prometheus tricking Zeus into choosing a lesser offering. Myths are ancient stories that are typically used to explain some natural phenomenon or cultural practice.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 >