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Did Zeus'/Iupiters' lightning bolt ever attain it's own personal name, or did the Greeks and Romans only ever use generic words for thunder and lightning?

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    IIRC he had a whole bucket of them, or they were frequently made for him, so no, lightning was just ammunition like bullets. He didn't throw a single bolt which returned to him like Thor did with Mjolnir (lightning is one of the derivations of the name's meaning). – Lauren Ipsum Mar 7 at 11:21
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    @LaurenIpsum He got the bucket or pouch from the cyclopes which would infinitely fill itself. As you said this would mean that he would be spending them like bullets. There might be name for the pouch? Like a man naming his weapon but not the bullets. – Tom Mar 8 at 21:29
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    In French Zeus has le foudre which is different from the natural phenomenon la foudre. Also in German there are Donnerkeil and Donner. It's a clue that needs some search. – sand1 Mar 8 at 21:37
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    Hesiod has keraunos vs brontes. – sand1 Mar 8 at 22:00
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Zeus didn't have a single individual weapon, like Þor's Mjǫllnir, which would come back to him after each strike—instead, most depictions have him hurling a new lightning bolt each time, which is destroyed on impact. So in that sense, there was never a single bolt to name.

However, in Ancient Greek, there are several words for what happens during a storm: brontë for "thunder" and astrapë for "lightning" are extremely common. Most often, Zeus's weapon is neither of these: it's keraunos, a "thunderbolt". This is a somewhat poetic word that's especially associated with Zeus throwing down Cyclops-crafted bolts.

In Latin, the distinction is less pronounced, but fulgur or fulgor is conventionally "lightning" in the general sense while a fulmen is a "thunderbolt", an individual strike, especially one hurled by Jupiter. The words are mostly interchangeable, but some authors draw a distinction between them (possibly after the model of Greek). In metaphorical usage, fulgur is generally about brightness and flashing, while fulmen is about destructive power.

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