Getting Acquainted with the Gods: The King of the Gods

Welcome to a new series where I get to know the God’s worshipped by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. This is an adventure into mythology and religion by the power of Google. Enjoy. This may be updated in the future to add or remove certain details.

Zeus

Zeus/Jupiter was the one the first Gods upon Mount Olympus, a towering mountain so high that it reached beyond the heights of the clouds, the peak of which was out of sight from any human eye. Upon the peak lay the Palace of the God’s, which contained the throne of Zeus.

Mount Olympus as described by Homer’s Odyssey

“the gods have made,
So saith tradition, their eternal seat;
The tempest shakes it not, nor is it drenched
By showers, and there the snow does never fall.
And in the golden light that lies on all
Day after day the blessed gods rejoice.”
Odyssey, Book VI, line 53.

He was one of the Twelve Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes and either Hestia, or Dionysus) as part of the fourth generation of the Gods.

Jupiter instructed Prometheus to design and create the human race with his brother Epimetheus.

But, one day Prometheus stole the only source of fire from the sacred halls of Jupiter so that the Human race could use it for their daily lives.

This absolutely outraged Jupiter, who punished him by binding him to a rock in the Caucasus Mountains. Each day, a vulture pecked out his liver, this excruciating act intensified by the fact that Prometheus liver regrew over night. This endless punishment went on for years until Hercules (son of Jupiter) eventually freed him.

Prometheus’ brother, Atlas, was charged with the burden of holding up the sky on his shoulders.

Pandora’s Box was set up by Jupiter to avenge the wrongdoing of Prometheus.

Typhon was a monster born from Gaia with 100 heads and was slaughtered by Jupiter’s thunderbolts.

Jupiter slayed the Giants born from the castration of Cronos, which must run in the family as Cronos castrated his father Uranus.

Most strangely, a Goddess was born from Jupiter’s head. One day he complained of a headache, one so strong that he called for his son Vulcan. This suffering was so unbearable that he made Vulcan chop his head open using an axe. After performing this strange task, out sprung Minerva, Goddess of wisdom. She was named this because of where she originated.

There are many, many other stories about Jupiter which I may choose to add at a later date. 

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