King and Father of the Gods
God of the Sky, Lightning, Weather, Law, and Fate
Roman names: Jupiter, Jove
Parents: Youngest child of Kronos and Rhea
Kronos, the King of the Titans, beleives one of his children will overthrow him. Thus, he swallows his first five children (Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Hades, and Poseidon). Rhea hides baby Zeus in a cave on Crete and gives her husband a rock to swallow in his place (See Cave of Psychro in the Greek Ancient Sites page). After coming to manhood, Zeus cuts his siblings from his father’s gullet, defeats the Titans, and begins the reign of the Olympians. He divides the world with his two brothers, taking the Sky for himself.
Epithets: Cloud-gatherer, Loud-thundering
Attributes: lightning bolt, eagle, royal scepter
The Artemision Bronze, discovered on the seafloor off Cape Artemision in the 1920s. Bronze statue, most likely of Zeus (it's missing its lightning bolt, making identification impossible.) A rare 5th century BC Greek original.
Watch for a mention of this statue in Olympus Bound.
National Archeological Museum, Athens