Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Zeus, the King of the Gods

Roman name: Jupiter

Family of Zeus

Parents: Zeus was the last child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Siblings: Zeus had five older siblings. Two brothers (Poseidon, Hades), and three sisters (Hestia, Hera, Demeter).
Wife: Zeus married his own sister Hera, the goddess of marriage and monogamy, but was giving her plenty of reasons to be jealous, since Zeus was renowned of his numerous love affairs. As a result, Zeus fathered plenty of children.

Role and Responsibilities

Zeus had his golden throne on the highest summit of Mount Olympus and was respected and awed by all Gods and mortals. All the kings boasted that they descended from Zeus.
Zeus was the "Lord of Justice", punishing anyone who lied or broke an oath, but was fair and always striving to keep a balance of all things.
Furthermore, Zeus was responsible for the weather and was shaping it according to his temper. When in high spirits, Zeus was blessing the world with fine weather; in case of bad mood, however, he would throw rain, winds, lightnings and thunderbolts to cause disaster to the mortals.

But even Zeus' powers had their limits, for, however powerful as he was, he had neither the right nor the ability to intervene in the decisions of the Fates.

Appearance of Zeus

Zeus was strong and imposing, with long, oftentimes curly hair.

The Personality of Zeus

Zeus was carefree and loved to laugh out loud[1]. He possessed the perfect knowledge and was just, merciful and prudent. However, he was rather unpredictable, since no one could guess the decisions he would make.

Symbols of Zeus

The symbols of Zeus were the scepter, the throne and the thunderbolt, which was as a gift from the Cyclopes because he liberated them. Zeus' tree was the oak tree and his sacred animal was the eagle.


Titles of Zeus

  • Aighiochos ("lord of thunderstorms")
  • Basileus ("king")
  • Erkios ("defender of the house")
  • Genethlios ("creator of life")
  • Georgos ("farmer")
  • Hypsistos ("highest")
  • Milosios ("the protector of sheep")
  • Orkios ("patron of the oath")
  • Philios ("guard of friendship")
  • Polieus ("patron of the city ("polis")")
  • Promachos ("leader of the battle")
  • Soter ("saviour")
  • Uranios ("heavenly")
  • Urios ("master of the winds")
  • Xenios ("hospitable")

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