Winds of Olympus

Zeus - King of the Gods  
Roman Name - Jupiter



Powers: heavens, earth, storms, thunderstorms

Symbols: eagle, thunderbolt, oak tree, cornucopia, mountaintop,

                 scepter, shield, storm, wreath of oak or olive leaves,

                 weather, woodpecker

Parents: Cronus and Rhea
Siblings: Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Demeter, Hestia
Spouse: Hera (Also had many affairs), Metis (first wife)
Children: Ares, Athena, Apollo (to name a few)
Flings: Leto, Semele, Aegina
Appearance: Zeus generally appears crowned with golden laurel leaves and carrying either a scepter or a                               thunderbolt. He was strong, brave, stupid, noisy, violent and conceited.
Throne: Zeus' throne is the largest. It is made of polished black Egyptian marble and decorated with gold.                      There are 7 steps leading up to the throne - one for each color of the rainbow. There is a bright blue                covering with a purple ram's fleece cushion. This cushion could be used for rainmaking in times of                    great drought. On the right arm of the throne, there is a golden ruby-eyed eagle.
Friends: Tiresias, Gaea, Cyclops
Enemies: Tantalus, Sisyphus, Cronus

  • Zeus had over 140 children!
  • He was hidden by his mother, Rhea, so his father, Cronus, wouldn't eat him like he had Zeus' brothers and sisters. He was hidden on the island of Crete. When he was full grown, Zeus disguised himself as Cronus' cupbearer and snuck a potion into the drink which made Cronus vomit up all his children.
  • Zeus and his siblings waged war against Cronus and the Titans. The war went on for 10 years. The Titans, Prometheus and Epimetheus, betrayed the Titans and joined Zeus. The turning point of the war came when Zeus freed the Cyclops from Tartarus. The Cyclops created three powerful weapons for the Olympians: Zeus' thunderbolts, Poseidon's trident and Hades' helmet of invisibility. When the Titans surrendered, Zeus imprisoned them in Tartarus.
  • Zeus created the first Olympics as a tradition to mark his victory in the Titanomachy.
  • Metis, the mother of Athena, was Zeus' first wife. She was an Oceanid. She was also the personification of wisdom.
  • He had three trusted advisors. Themis was a Titan and the guardian of divine law and wisdom. She gave good advice to Zeus. Dike was the daughter of Zeus and Themis. She was the goddess of human justice. She advised Zeus about the problems of mortals. Nemesis was the goddess of retribution. She handed out fortune and misfortune to humans.