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Zeus…. And here we go…. Who was he….background info. God of the sky Defeated his father, Cronus , who was a Titan His weapon of choice…thunder bolt He REALLY loved women. His mother forbid him to marry, but he did any way. Prophesied that he would be overthrown by a son (sound familiar).

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Zeus…

And here we go…


Who was he background info
Who was he….background info

God of the sky

Defeated his father, Cronus, who was a Titan

His weapon of choice…thunder bolt

He REALLY loved women. His mother forbid him to marry, but he did any way.

Prophesied that he would be overthrown by a son (sound familiar)


Zeus wives
Zeus’ Wives

Metis: first wife. Because of the prophesy, when she became pregnant he ate her. Athena is born from this union.

Themis: second wife. Bore the Fates.

Mnemosyne: third wife. Mother of the Nine Muses.

Hera: fourth wife. Bore Ares.


And the lovers after hera
And the lovers…After Hera

Europa: Europe is named after her. He stole her by disguising himself as a bull. Fled back to Olympus with her on his back.


Io

Zeus engulfs them in a thick cloud to keep Hera from finding them.

Hera catches on, but when she sees him he is with a cow!

She makes him give the beautiful white cow to Argus as a present and to watch her.


Semele
Semele

Human

Zeus promised her anything she wanted and swore by the river Styx.

Hera put it in her heart to want to see Zeus in him in all his splendor. With the burning light, she dies.

He snatches the baby she is carrying and hides him in his thigh (Dionysus who saves her from the Underworld and took her to Mt. Olympus)


Ganymede
Ganymede

Trojan prince

Not clear who real father was

A cupbearer

Seized by an eagle and carried to Mt. Olympus


Callisto
Callisto

Artemis’ friend

Took a vow of chastity

Zeus tricks her by shape shifting

Zeus changes her into a giant bear after Hera finds out about the affair.

Hera tells Artemis.

Who kills her? Unclear

Hermes saves the son (Arcus)

They become Ursa Major and Minor


Leto

Most beloved by Zeus

He marries Hera though after getting Leto pregnant….?

Hera banishes her to wander for a safe place to birth her babes.

Accepted in Delos and in gratitude, she anchors it to the Aegean Sea.

Artemis is born and helps Mom bare Apollo a day later.


Cont d
Cont’d

When Niobe (queen of Thebes) brags about being mother of fourteen children and being better than Leto, (jealous of Grecians worshiping her) Apollo and Artemis kills all fourteen kids.

Niobe weeps until she turns to stone.


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