Zeus is the boss, the head honcho of the gods! (you’ll read how he became the Boss god later.) He is also the Greek god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order and justice. His symbols are the thunder bolt (which was made for him by three Cyclopes), the eagle, the bull and the oak. He is married to Hera, the queen of the gods. His Roman form is Jupiter.
He is the youngest son of Kronos (Cronus) and Rhea; before he was born, Kronos already had five children (Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon), but he was really evil and because he was afraid that they might overthrow him, he swallowed them all whole when they were born. However, when Zeus was born, Rhea hid him in a cave on Mount Ida in Crete to save him from his father.
The nymphs and satyrs on the island of Crete looked after Zeus with the help of a goat named Amalthea. They taught him to fight and raised him until he was old enough to help Rhea get his siblings out of Kronos.
How Zeus saved his sibling Gods
Rhea got her youngest son a job as a cupbearer in Kronos’s palace as part of her plan to save her children. One day, she gave him a magic potion to take to Kronos. Zeus slipped the potion into his father’s drink and when Kronos drank it, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Hera, and Demeter all got dislodged from Kronos’s stomach. All the Gods then escaped to Mt Ida and started preparing to overthrow their evil father. A war ensued between the Titans and the Olympians (Zeus and his siblings). This war was called Titanomachy, but more of that later.
After defeating Kronos, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades rolled the dice to see who would become the leader amongst them and how to divide the three parts of the world. Zeus got the highest roll so he became the leader of the universe and he chose the sky as his domain. Poseidon got the second highest roll and chose the sea as his domain and Hades (who was always the unluckiest), got the lowest roll and got the Underworld as his domain.
Some of Zeus’s notable children
Apollo and Artemis – The twin children of Zeus, god of the sun, and goddess of the moon.
Hermes – God of travelling, Zeus’s personal messenger.
Dionysus – Former demigod, god of wine.
Heracles (better known as his Roman name Hercules) – One of the most famous demigods of all time.
Perseus – The first demigod to kill Medusa and the Kraken.
Athena – Goddess of wisdom and warfare.
Ares – God of war.
Persephone – Goddess of Flowers and Springtime, Queen of the Underworld.