World Literature I

The youngest son of Cronus and Rhea, Zeus was the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and of the gods who lived there. Zeus was a supreme leader that upheld law, justice and morals, and with this made him the spiritual leaders of gods and mortals. Zeus was associated with being a weather god, his main power was the thunderbolt; and he also controlled thunder, lighting, and rain. Along with his powers Zeus was involved in many mythological tales.

One of Zeus’ most famous tales was how he overthrew his father from the kingdom of mortals. His father Cronus had received the news that one of his children would depose him. To prevent this Cronus swallowed his newborn children Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Posedon, but his wife Hesta wrapped a stone in cloths in place of baby Zeus. Meanwhile Rhea had Zeus taken to Crete, and there in a cave the divine goat Amaltheia nursed and raised the infant known as Zeus. When Zeus was a young boy he returned to his fathers realm, and with the help of Métis, who gave Cronus a emetic potion, which caused his father to vomit up Zeus’ bothers and sisters. After receiving his bothers and sister, Zeus led a revolt that defeated and banished Cronus.