The God Zeus

By: Chris Hanson


Olympus was the residence of the divine family, the twelve most important ruling gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, who therefore were called the Olympians. There they all lived together in an enormous palace, high above the clouds. Olympus is generally identified with Mount Olympus in Thessaly, which is the highest mountain in Greece, but very often it is identified also as some mysterious region far above the earth.


He is the king of the gods. The god of sky, weather, law, order, and faith. His usual attributes were a lightning bolt, royal scepter and eagle. For example, early Classical vase paintings often show him throwing thunderbolts, identifying him as a powerful warrior deity.


  • Zeus was the youngest brother of Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, Hades and Demeter. He was married to Hera, and was the father of Ares, Athena, Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis and Hephaestus. I suppose Aphrodite was sort of his aunt, as she was formed from the foam created when Ouranos' testicles fell into the Aegean. One of Ouranos' sons was called Kronos, who was Zeus' father.


Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. Zeus overthrew his Father Chronos. He then drew lots with his brothers Poseiden and Hades. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the gods. He is lord of the sky, the rain god. His weapon is a thunderbolt which he hurls at those who displease him. He is married to Hera but, is famous for his many affairs. He is also known to punish those that lie or break oaths.