Zeus as the supreme god of the Greek pantheon possesses multi-faceted personality traits, including a sense of the carefree, as well as a role as the upholder of justice for both his fellow gods and humans. However, as a god, Zeus is portrayed in some Greek legends as toying with humans and ruining the lives of people with little regard to his actions.Continue Reading
At the core of Zeus' character is his position as a god; a position which portrays the differences between gods and humans as a gap that is impossible to close. According to Greek legend, Zeus was married to Hera but frequently was disloyal to his sister-wife and fathered numerous demi-god offspring from his alliances with mortal females.
Zeus is also portrayed as a jovial soul and engaged in revelry often. This was sometimes done with negative effects to either mortals or fellow gods. In the Greek pantheon, Zeus' role also included control over the weather. Bad weather such as thunderstorms and heavy rain, were attributed to periods of foul mood.
As a divine being, Zeus falls short of being a moral authority as he has many imperfections and personality flaws. Like most Greek gods, Zeus has human flaws and is not an all-powerful being.Learn more about Mythology
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 >
Zeus is the god of the sky and aerial phenomena in Greek mythology; his brother Poseidon is the god of the sea. Poseidon is the elder of the two, but Zeus is more powerful and the ruler of all gods. Zeus' signature weapon is a thunderbolt, while Poseidon's weapon is a trident.Full Answer >
The difference between Jupiter and Zeus lies in their origins. Zeus is from Greek mythology, whereas Jupiter is from Roman mythology. They have numerous similarities, however, It is likely that Jupiter was inspired by Zeus.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >