Zeus Facts

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Discover the legends and myths and religious beliefs surrounding this famous Greek god, Zeus, with these fast, fun facts about Zeus for all of you.

Fact 1: He was the god of the sky and the heavens and referred to as King of the gods and men  
Fact 2: The names of his parents were Cronus and Rhea
 
Fact 3: He was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus  
Fact 4: He is believed to have been born in a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete

  Fact 5: Cronus, his father, believed that he would be betrayed and replaced by his own children. He therefore kept eating his children. Rhea gave birth to Zeus and tricked her husband by substituting the baby with a swaddled rock. Cronus ate the rock believing he had disposed of another threat to his rule.

  Fact 6: Zeus vanquished his father and released his siblings, who were still living in the stomach of Cronus

  Fact 7: His older brothers were Poseidon and Hades who ruled the sea and the underworld

  Fact 8: He was revered as protector of the weak and punisher of the wicked but his punishments could be severe. Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. As a terrible punishment he condemned Prometheus to having his liver eaten by a giant eagle

  Fact 9: When he abducted Europa, his brother, Poseidon, calmed the waves of the sea to help Zeus, trying to escape.

  Fact 10: He was on the side of the Trojans in the Trojan War. In the 'Deception of Zeus' his wife, Hera, deceived and distracted him, enabling the Greeks to obtain the upper hand during the Trojan War.  

Fact 11: He had the power to transform his shape, and often did so in order to complete a seduction

  Fact 12: He was famous for seducing Leda in the guise of a swan. He seduced Europa in the guise of a bull and Antiope in the guise of a satyr.  
Fact 13: His mother Rhea incited the Gigantes (a race of giants) to rebel against the Olympian gods who were victorious in the Battle of the...
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