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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

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 ...
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How did Cronos lose if he was god of time?

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, ...
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Was the rule of Zeus ever challenged?

In the Iliad, 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 ...
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Was the rule of Zeus ever challenged?

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 ...
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Metis' unborn son

The story occurs in only two ancient writings: first in Hesiod's Theogony, where just a few tantalising details are offered towards your Question, and then only about 800 years after that, in ...
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Is Zeus ever referred to as Earthshaker?

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 "...
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Who was Zeus' first child conceived with a mortal?

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 ...
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Who did Zeus punish by having poison/acid dripped on them?

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 ...
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Did Galileo or Marius know that Callisto was tidally locked?

There is no way Galileo or Simon Marius would have been able to observe the tidal locking of any of Jupiter's moons, as they just appeared as faint stars through their telescopes. In fact both Galileo ...
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Is Zeus ever referred to as Earthshaker?

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 ...
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Who did Zeus punish by having poison/acid dripped on them?

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 ...
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How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

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 ...
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If Athena was born from Zeus' brain, does this mean Athena is a manifestation of Zeus' intelligence?

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, ...
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If Athena was born from Zeus' brain, does this mean Athena is a manifestation of Zeus' intelligence?

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 ...
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Why was the Worship of Zeus and his kin banned?

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 ...
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Looking for an obscure myth where Zeus kills one of Apollo's male lovers

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 ...
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Who was the goddess, pregnant with Zeus' child or children, who was denied sanctuary?

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 ...
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Is Zeus subject to the decrees of the Moirai?

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; ...
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What is the earliest source to claim that Zeus and Ganymede were lovers?

Ganymede's story is told in the Iliad, in the 8th century BC (as the comment refers to): ...and godlike Ganymedes that was born the fairest of mortal men; wherefore the gods caught him up on high to ...
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Why did Zeus take half the goodness out of a man?

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 ...
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Did Zeus give Pandora the box?

Whatever version of the myth you've heard is missing critical parts. Prometheus (meaning "fore-thought"), a Titan, was given the job of creating humanity. But humans were left in the dark and cold ...
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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

While I agree with much of what has been written already, I think there is one obvious aspect that has not been directly expressed. There's a lot of rape in Greek myth because rape happened a lot. The ...
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How did Cronos lose if he was god of time?

Chronos and Cronus have often been confused in Greek Mythology. The first is the personification of time in pre-Socratic philosophy and later literature. The second is the Titan deity who was defeated ...
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What is the earliest source to claim that Zeus and Ganymede were lovers?

Ovid mentions Jupiter's love for Ganymede him in Metamorphoses X, saying The king of the gods once burned with love for Phrygian Ganymede, and to win him Jupiter chose to be something other than he ...
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Is there a tale of Zeus having sex with a deer?

This is the story of the nymph Taygete, one of the Pleiades. When Zeus pursued her, Artemis transformed her to a hind (or a cow) with golden horns. However, Zeus wasn't fooled by the disguise and ...
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What does Tiresias's answer to the gods mean?

This is from Appolodorus 3.6.7. It does not refer to specific parts or phases of intercourse. You should read the numbers as percentages, as the translation indicates: Hence, when Hera and Zeus ...
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Zeus' Lightning Bolt

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 ...
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What do we know of the rebellion against Zeus by Poseidon, Hera and Athena?

The quoted passage informs us that Thetis did not directly intervene against Poseidon, Hera and Athena, who, indeed, yes, should have been more powerful than she. A scholion on Apollonius Rhodius' ...
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Who was Zeus' first child conceived with a mortal?

I'm going to propose: Minos, King of Crete The reason is that he is a contemporary of Theseus' father, King Aegeus, and Theseus was in the first generation of heroes, which includes Herakles, who ...
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Did Hermes ever somehow helped Prometheus, or not? Is he God of thieves, or what?

To answer your first question yes, Hermes was (among other things) a god of thievery. An excerpt from the Hermes Theoi page HERMES was the Olympian god of herds and flocks, travellers and ...
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