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I don't think it's explicitly said, but essentially, as being constantly unable to control himself, yet still being married to Hera, Zeus had two problems: Hera, ever jealous was constantly after him. As a result, Zeus kept trying different tricks with which to hide from her (which never worked). Once, he tried blanketing the earth in clouds and ...


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It seems there is only one: Ganymede. I've consulted these sources for a list of Zeus' lovers: Zeus Lovers by J.M. Hunt Zeus' Lovers | GreekMythology.com Zeus's Love Affairs by Nancy Conner Zeus's Many Lovers by Kip Wheeler Here are his lovers, in alphabetical order: Aegina, a nymph Alcmene, princess of Mycenae by whom Zeus fathered Heracles Callisto, a ...


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While the vast majority of Zeus's lovers were female, one of Zeus's lovers was the mortal Ganymede. Ganymede is noted as the only one of Zeus's lovers to whom he granted immortality.


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There are two possibilities here: Either, Metis was killed when Zeus swallowed her: It may seem odd for Metis to have been pregnant with Athena but, never mentioned as her mother. This is because the classic Greeks believed that children were generated solely from the fathers sperm. The women was thought to be nothing more than a vessel for the ...


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There is some disagreement on this issue. According to Theogony, lines 881-885 (emphasis mine): But when the blessed gods completed their toil and made settlement of honors for the Titans by brute force, they urged wide-seeing Olympian Zeus in accord with the advice of Gaia to be king and lord, and he apportioned provinces to them well. However, in the ...


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No. Modern scholarship usually considers Zeus to be the Greek continuation of a Proto-Indo-European sky deity reconstructed as *Dyēus ph2ter. In fact, of all the Greek pantheon, Zeus is the most obviously descended from a prehistorical deity common to the Proto-Indo-European peoples. Under the prevailing consensus, therefore, Zeus is not a deified Cretan ...


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According to Pseudo-Apollodorus, the three brothers drew lots to decide their dominions: But when Zeus was full-grown, he took Metis, daughter of Ocean, to help him, and she gave Cronus a drug to swallow, which forced him to disgorge first the stone and then the children whom he had swallowed, and with their aid Zeus waged the war against Cronus and the ...


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There is a list of offspring of Zeus on Wikipedia. To avoid simply repeating it, I've tried to add more detail. This list is not complete, as they are many "possible offspring", and many with confused or unclear heritage, which may be Zeus', but may not. Perseus, son of Danae, who went on to behead Medusa and save Andromeda. Conceived when Zeus was in the ...


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OK, so there are a couple of misconceptions here. First, as Codosaur has already pointed out, Cronus and Chronos aren't necessarily the same being -- they just have similar names. On the other hand, Cronus and Chronos were confused with each other even in antiquity. In fact the Roman god Saturn, who the Romans associated with the Greek god Cronus, was ...


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Well, Poseidon's relationship with Zeus was a rocky one. There have been instances where Poseidon is jealous about Zeus' position as the King of gods. However, the same instance is said to be inspired by a conflict of interests, as Poseidon was not satisfied with Zeus' rule. Poseidon took once part in a minor conspiracy in heaven; for he, along with Hera ...


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Preface: This subject is complicated by changing social standards. Forced marriage has been routinely practiced around the world into the contemporary era, depending on the society. (This is a major theme of Game of Thrones, as is the condition of women in pre-modern societies in general.) The Rape of the Sabine Women can provide some context. I see three ...


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I do realise this may be more about history / sociology than about mythology per se... I'm not really sure there is an actual answer to this, as a girl was subject to what her father (or later in life her husband) decided and her job was to comply. Rape was not so much a crime against a woman as it was against her father or husband. In many of the myths, ...


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In later (hellenistic) times Zeus tended to monopolize all powers and earthquakes came to be his deed. There is a classic book by AB Cook Zeus: a study in ancient religion, part3 has some 30 pages on "Zeus and eartquakes", eg. p.21: The same feeling that the failure of the solid ground can be ascribed to no power lower than the highest prompts the ...


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I haven't heard quite that theory. The theory about the Original source of Zeus that I tend to come across* is that the original proto-Indo-European people (PIE), based on comparative linguistic and religion studies, appear to have likely had a pantheon headed up by *Dyeus Ph2ter (Sky Father). They also had a thunder and/or Oak god *Perkwunos. The Greeks ...


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Pausanias in its Description of Greece mentions during his visit to Corinth an image of Zeus Chthonios in a temple: The images of Zeus also are in the open; one had not a surname, another they call Chthonius (of the Lower World) and the third Most High. This has been confirmed by archeological findings (see Williams & Fisher 1975). The latter article ...


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Typhon, a serpentine giant, attempted to overthrow Zeus. The earliest account of their battle can be found in the Theogony, and according to Hesiod Typhon "would have come to reign over mortals and immortals, had not the father of men and gods been quick to perceive it": But when Zeus had driven the Titans from heaven, huge Earth bore her youngest ...


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Argos (and his brother Pelasgos) According to Apollodorus, Hyginus, and Diodorus Siculus, the first mortal consort of Zeus was a princess named Niobe, daughter of Phoroneus. (This Niobe is not to be confused with the more famous tragic one who was the daughter of the Lydian king Tantalos [Tantalus]. The Lydian Niobe lived about eight generations after the ...


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But my question is, what did Danae want? Did she want to mate with Zeus, or was she raped? Did she go in her prison willingly or voluntarily It is a myth, within a culture where a woman was subordinate to the man, if not property of the man. Creating a personality for Danae means giving her an age. She was probably incarcerated at the signs of puberty. ...


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In the Illiad, Hera rebels against Zeus, and gets the other gods to bind him to his throne after she drugs him: "You [Thetis] said you only among the immortals beat aside shameful destruction from Kronos' son [Zeus] the dark-misted, that time when all the other Olympian gods sought to bind him, Hera and Poseidon and Pallas Athene. Then you, goddess, ...


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I do not think there's a tale were Zeus punishes someone with poison, as in Greek mythology punishment by poison is more often associated with women. See, for example, the story of Medea, or how Hera attempted to poison baby Hercules with snakes. I think it's likely whoever wrote the comment in your screenshot was mistaken, and were actually thinking of ...


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Based on Zeus' having rescued his siblings from the belly of their father Kronos; and on the deal that he made with the Titans who eventually sided with him (which is the majority of the Titan population, by the way), starting with his personal bodyguard the four winged children of Pallas and Styx, namely Zelos, Kratos, Bia and Nike; and on his leadership in ...


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The Metis story is interesting because according to the prophecy Metis would have two children - Athena and then a son who would ovethrow Zeus. This would have represented a triumph for the Titans, including Metis, over Zeus and his Olympians. So Zeus prevented this next generation from being born by swallowing Metis whole, thus absorbing her wisdom as well. ...


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Yes and no. It depends on how you look at it. Athena is Zeus' favorite. She is a "daddy's girl" for sure, siding with the father over the mother in the trial of Orestes. He gives her the aegis to make sure she is protected in battle, and the term "aegis" is still used to connote a form patronage or protection. In this light, her wisdom, and her springing ...


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The only reference concerning Zeus being associated with poison is this: But when Zeus was full-grown, he took Metis, daughter of Ocean, to help him, and she gave Cronus a drug to swallow, which forced him to disgorge first the stone and then the children whom he had swallowed. SOURCE: Apollodorus, Library, 1.2.1 That is more about a poison being used ...


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In the same chapter "Zeus and the Earthquakes" of Zeus: a study in ancient religion, Vol. III, by Arthur Bernard Cook, quoted by @sand1 in his answer, the author says: In point of fact, the earliest extant description of an earthquake attributes the phenomenon, naively enough, to the action of Zeus, who nods his head, shakes his hair, and thereby ...


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Latona According to this story: The goddess approached, and kneeling on the bank would have slaked her thirst in the cool stream, but the rustics forbade her. When the people reject her, Latona turns them into frogs: Latona was so angry that she ceased to mind her thirst. She no longer supplicated the clowns, but lifting her hands to heaven ...


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Yes, surprisingly, The Moirai were independent, at the helm of necessity, directed fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws might take its course without obstruction; and Zeus, as well as the other gods and man, had to submit to them. From here Quintus Smyrnaeus, "To the Moirai (Moirae, Fates) the might of Zeus must bow;...


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Pagan religion was outlawed forcibly by Imperial Decree of his majesty Emperor Theodosius II. The decree commanded the immediate closure of temples, oracles, schools etc that were even remotely connected to paganism. At some places of the empire, pogroms against anything pagan started directly after. They destroyed ancient temples, burnt 'pagan' books, ...


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Your question reminded me of another myth - maybe you mixed up the two? Herodot describes a dialogue between Croesus and Solon on happiness: King Croesus is proud of his riches and considers himself the happiest man in the world. He asks the wise man Solon whether he has seen any other man happier then himself. Solon answers that he knows of King Tellos ...


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It's not a common accepted believe, just something that Eumaeus, the swineherd of Odysseus, says to his master while Odysseus is still in disguise. Slaves, when their masters lose their power, are no longer minded thereafter to do honest service: for Zeus, whose voice is borne afar, takes away half his worth from a man, when the day of slavery comes ...


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