The mythological figure of Zeus, supreme ruler of the Greek gods, carried a thunderbolt as his weapon of war. It was given to him by the Cyclops to ward away evil.
The thunderbolt was a symbol of the mighty power of Zeus. It gave him the ability to control the sky, thunder, lightening and dominate all of his enemies, including the formidable titans. Zeus is frequently depicted in artistic renderings with the thunderbolt in his raised right hand, standing strong against the powers of darkness and upholding law and order in the universe. He often hurled his thunderbolt at his enemies.