Mythology 101: A Basic History of Zeus the Greek God

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Greek mythology is a fascinating collection of stories from ancient Greek culture that explain the origins of many things and provide reasoning for the nature of the world. These myths made up the religion of the ancient Greeks, and their intention was to teach people about the significance of many aspects of the world. There are many characters that appear repeatedly in these myths, but Zeus might be one of the most famous.

Zeus was a primary figure in Greek mythology who’s still known today as the "Father of the Gods." From Mount Olympus, where all the Greek gods lived, Zeus ruled over and protected both humans and the rest of the gods. This is largely what made him one of the most prominent figures in Greek mythology. Today, studying Greek mythology helps us understand the life and culture of the ancient Greeks, including their religious, political and social structures — and studying Zeus helps us better understand Greek mythology as a whole.