The sky and thunder God in ancient Greek religion, Zeus, was the son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea, and brother of the Gods Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon.

Fearing that one of his own children would overthrow him as ruler of the cosmos, as he had done to his father Uranus, Kronos swallowed his offsprings as they were born.

Rea asked her mother Gaia for help and when the 6th baby was born Rea fed Kronos a rock given by her mother. She hed the newborn baby deep inside her mothers loins; deep inside mount Ida. There the infant Zeus was fed by an eagle and the goat Amalthea.

The adult Zeus confronted Kronos and defeated him, freeing his siblings from within his father’s body. With the help of his siblings, Zeus imprisoned Kronos and the other Titans in the underworld region of Tartarus, and lived in Mt. Olympus.

With the Titans out of the way, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon argued about how they would divide the cosmos between themselves. In the end they decided to leave things to chance and draw strolls. The oldest brother Hades was allotted providence over the dreary world of the dead, Poseidon the middle brother gained control over the sea and all the creatures living in it, and Zeus gained control of the sky and everything beneath it, becoming king of the Gods.

Although Zeus won the fair lottery, some legends suggest that Zeus had somehow rigged the results in his favor...

Zeus married his sister Hera, although he also dallied with other goddesses and mortal women, much to Hera’s dismay. His various offsprings include Gods and mythic heroes such as Ares, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Heracles (Hercules), Perseus, and King Minos.

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