Myths and Stories of Zeus

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Myths and Stories of Zeus

Zeus is the most important God of Greek Mythology, participating in numerous stories that were created by the ancients to have a better understanding of existence. He is the son of the Titans Crono and Rhea, in addition, Leader of the Gods of Olympus, and father of many Gods, Demigods, minor Deities and Creatures. Each Myth in which Zeus is involved describes every important moment in the history of Creation.

The Myths of Zeus are:

1.- Cosmogony

Chrono (father of Zeus) was the cruel Titan who devoured his children as they were born, in collusion with his older brother, who had given him the empire on the condition that he killed all his children, fearing that they would snatch the power.

He had already devoured Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Pluto, and Poseidon, but Zeus managed to escape this calamity well because of the ruse of his mother Rhea, who handed Cronus a stone wrapped in diapers to devour her, hiding Zeus in Crete, in the cave of the Aegean mountain, where the curetos took care of it, who danced around the cave so that the child’s cry could not be heard.

When Zeus had grown up, he fought against Chrono, whom he defeated and banished to Italy, where he died. After releasing his brothers he fought against the Titans, and this war lasted ten years, because they did not want to recognize him as the Supreme God.

After the victory, achieved in Tartesius, Zeus had to face the terrible giants, children of Heaven (Uranus) and Earth (Gaia), who also won with the help of the Moiras and many other gods and heroes, among They Heracles, also called Hercules.

2.- Typhoon

Zeus had to face Typhon, the monstrous son of Tartarus and Gea who wanted to destroy the world. When Zeus tried to prevent it, Typhoon threw him unconscious on a precipice, so he needed the help of Hermes and Pan to recover the sense and could end the terrible monster.

3.- Birth of Athena

During the war against the Giants, Zeus was united with Metis, daughter of Ocean and Tetis. When Metis became pregnant, a prophecy warned that a woman would be born, who in turn would give birth to a son who would wrest power from Zeus. This one, dominated by fear, devoured Metis, but nine months later he felt intolerable headaches. He then asked Hephaestus to open his head with an ax.

From the head of Zeus came Athena, a young woman completely armed, uttering war cries. Immediately after her birth, the goddess took part in the war against the Giants and significantly helped her father, as she killed the Enceladus Giant, son of Tartarus and Earth.

4.- Creation of the Muses

Zeus was united with Mnemósine, Titánide that represented to the memory, by nine consecutive nights, creating to the nine Muses. The Muses are the feminine deities that are responsible for inspiring men in the various arts.

Calypso is the Muse of Eloquence; Urania is the Muse of Astronomy; Terpsichore is the Muse of Dance; Polimnia is the Muse of Lyric and choral poetry; Euterpe is the Muse of Music; Clio is the Muse of History; Thalia is the Muse of Comedy; Melpomene is the Muse of Tragedy; Erato is the Muse of Amorous Poetry.

5.- Loves of Zeus

Zeus was married to his sister Hera, and cheated on her. He had numerous lovers, and he acceded to them resorting to varied tricks.

Europe was presented in the form of a bull, thus creating the monster known as The Minotaur, a hybrid between human and bull.

Leda introduced herself as a swan. Antíope introduced himself as a Satyr. Once he fell in love with a young man called Ganimedes, whom he abducted, transforming him into an eagle, and he sent him to Olympus, where he named him a cupbearer in his meetings.

Danae was presented in the form of gold rain, breeding Perseus with her, Semidiós who beheaded the Gorgon Medusa.

Faced with so many infidelities, Hera, dominated by jealousy, tried by all means to prevent their secret meetings and thought cruel revenge.

But the great Zeus, despite being the ruler of the Universe, could not oppose the Moiras, divinities of destiny, who presided over life and death. The Moiras were three sisters: Clotis, Lachessis and Atropos; They called Zeus to offer humanity the fruits of their loves.

6.- The infatuation between Zeus and Hera

Hera and Zeus had loved each other for a long time before Zeus became the master and lord of Olympus. The first meeting of Zeus and Hera occurred on the occasion when Zeus saw her on a mountain in the region of Argos, alone, and wishing her strongly triggered a copious flood; Then, he transformed himself into a little bird and approached the Goddess so that she would take pity on his fragility and harbor it in her womb. Then Hera covered him with his robe. At that moment, Zeus regained his true form and possessed her, promising that he would marry her.

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