noun \ˈzüs\

Definition of ZEUS

:  the king of the gods and husband of Hera in Greek mythology — compare jupiter

Origin of ZEUS

First Known Use: 1540


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Zeus hurling a thunderbolt, bronze statuette from Dodona, Greece, early 5th century BC; in the …—Courtesy of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikenabteilung

In Greek religion, the chief deity of the pantheon, a sky and weather god. His Roman counterpart was Jupiter. Zeus was regarded as the bearer of thunder and lightning, rain, and winds, and his traditional weapon was the thunderbolt. The son of Cronus and Rhea, he was fated to dethrone his father. He divided dominion over the world with his brothers Poseidon and Hades. As ruler of heaven, Zeus led the gods to victory against the Titans. From his home atop Mount Olympus, he dispensed justice and served as protector. Known for his amorousness—a source of perpetual discord with his wife, Hera—he had many love affairs with mortal and immortal women, giving rise to numerous offspring, including Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Dionysus, Helen, Hephaestus, and Persephone. In art he was represented as a bearded, dignified, and mature man.


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