Zeus vs. Jupiter
Zeus was known as the father of gods and men, and is considered both a ruler and protector of Olympia. He was regarded as the sender of thunder and lightning, rain and winds. His traditional weapon was the thunderbolt. Winning a draw between his brothers Poseidon and Hades made him the top ruler. There is a Cretan myth that he was adopted by the Greeks. It says that after learning that one of his children was fated to dethrone him, he swallowed his children as soon as they were born. But Rhea, his wife, saved Zeus by substituting a stone wrapped in clothes for Cronus to swallow and hiding Zeus in a cave on Crete. He stayed in the cave and was nursed by the nymph Amalthaea until he grew into manhood. He then led a revolt against the Titans and succeeded in dethroning Cronus, with the assistance of his brothers Hades and Poseidon. The three proceeded to divide the power of the world between them. He had many children who included: twins Apollo and Artemis, Helen and the Dioscuri, Persephone, Athena, born from his head after he had swallowed the Titaness Metis; Hephaestus, Hebe, Ares, and Eileithyia, by his wife, Hera and Dionysus, by the goddess Semele. Jupiter
Jupiter was a sky god. As Jupiter Elicius he answered a certain ritual to send rain in time of drought. As Jupiter Fulgur he had an altar in the Campus Martius, and all places struck by lightning were made his property and were guarded from the evil by a circular wall. Throughout Italy he was worshiped on the summits of hills; thus, on the Alban Hill south of Rome was an ancient seat of his worship as Jupiter Latiaris, which was the centre of the league of 30 Latin cities of which Rome was originally an ordinary member. Jupiter is in many ways as much Greek as Roman, he is still the great protecting deity who keeps the hero in the path of duty toward gods, state, and family. Jupiter’s temples held a dedication festival on September 13th which became the central point of the great...
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