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The Greek Gods


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Roman Name: Jupiter

Pronunciation: ZOOS

Job: Master of the Heavens, God of the Sky including rain   thunder and lightening. 
Birth: Father was Kronos and mother was Rheia. Zeus had two brothers, Poseidon and Hades, and three sisters Demeter, Hestia and Hera.
Marriage: Zeus married his eldest sister Hera.
Children: Wow! Trying to name them all will be hard if not impossible. Of the gods, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Hephaestus. Not all of these children were born to Hera. Infact, Zeus had many affairs with mortal women that resulted in the birth of hero's such as Heracles and Perseus.


Interesting Stories about Zeus:

Kronos wanted to rule the heavens so he went to slay his father Uranus. Just as he was about to casterate Uranus, Kronos was warned that his own son would someday kill him. In fear and greed, Kronos swallowed his  children as they were born, but Rheia tricked Kronos and when the sixth child, Zeus, was born, she gave him a stone for the child and Kronos ate it. Zeus was hidden and raised in secret until he was old enough to go after Kronos. One day he ambushed Kronos while he was out hunting. Zeus kicked Kronos in the stomach so hard that Kronos vomited up the stone and the five children he had eaten before: Demeter, Hades, Hestia, Hera and Poseidon. Because of his bravery,  Zeus was declared the leader of the immortals.

Zeus was also very mean. For giving Man fire, Prometheus was chained to a rock and each day a eagle would tear out his liver. Unfortunately for Prometheus his liver would regenerate each day as well. Zeus made it clear that the only way Prometheus would attain his freedom again will be if two conditions occurred. First, an immortal must choose to die for him, and second a mortal must free him by breaking the chains and kill the eagle. Eventually Chiron the centaur volunteered to die for him, and Heracules snapped the chains and killed the bird.


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