Here are some interesting facts about Zeus, the King of the Ancient Greek Gods.
- Zeus was the son of the Titans (human-shaped giants) Cronos and Rhea.
- Following a battle with the Titans, who were captained by his father Cronos, Zeus and his brothers and sisters (the New Gods) took control of the world. Zeus became ruler of the sky and King of the Gods.
- When he is angry, Zeus hurls thunderbolts (created for him by the Cyclopes).
- Zeus married his sister, Hera.
- Apart from Hera, Zeus has two other sisters, Hestia and Demeter, and two brothers, Pluto and Poseidon.
- The Roman name for Zeus was Jupiter.
- Zeus ruled the world from Mount Olympus, but he was very keen on making visits to the Earth and getting involved in the lives of humans.
- Zeus and Hera had three children, Ares, Eris and Hebe.
- Zeus had several relationships with mortal women, goddesses and nymphs (such as Leda, Europa, Alcmene, Danae, Io and Semele) and he was the father to Perseus, Heracles, Tantalus, Polydictes, Minos, Helen (and many more).
- Zeus was incredibly powerful and he was exceedingly terrifying when he was angry.
- He was immortal and could do what he wanted to the lives of mortal men and women.
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