The Kind Of Gods

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The King of Gods Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus is aided by many of the gods and goddesses from Mt. Olympus. One of these gods is Zeus, the King of Gods. Without the help of Zeus, Odysseus would have never returned home from the Trojan War. Zeus is normally portrayed as being related with the weather and having the final say in matters. Being the supreme ruler of the gods and many other things, Zeus is worshiped by both gods and mortals.

Zeus, the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea, is the King of Gods, the Lord of the Sky, the Rain God, and the Cloud gatherer. The eagle or thunderbolt often symbolizes him. He upholds justice, law, and morals and is the spiritual leader of both gods and men. Zeus' wife and sister is Hera, Protector of Marriage and married women. Zeus' other siblings are Poseidon, God of the Sea, Hades, Ruler of the Underworld, Hestia, the Goddess of Hearth and the virgin goddess, and Demeter, the Goddess of Harvest.

Zeus had many children, some from Hera and others by different women. In one case, Zeus bore a child by himself. Athena, the Goddess of Combat and Wisdom, is said to have jumped from Zeus's head in full armor! Zeus' other children are Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus and many more.

One of Zeus' most famous tales is the overthrow of the Titans. Cronus, in fear of being overthrown by his children, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, swallowed them as infants. When the newborn Zeus was born, Rhea wrapped a stone in clothes in place of the infant Zeus. Cronus, thinking it was the newborn baby, swallowed it. Meanwhile, Rhea had Zeus taken to Crete where he was raised into a strong young man. When he...