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In [[Greek mythology]], '''Zeus''' was the king of the [[Greece|Greek]] gods and the supreme ruler of [[Mount Olympus]]. He was the son of [[Cronus]] and [[Rhea (mythology)|Rhea]], who led the [[Titans]] (a race of mythical beings descended from Uranus and Gaia who preceded the Olympians as rulers of creation). Zeus overthrew his father to become the king of the gods. He was said to rule the world with his siblings [[Hera]] (also his wife), [[Poseidon]], [[Hades]], [[Demeter]], and [[Hestia]]; his children [[Athena]], [[Apollo (mythology)|Apollo]], [[Artemis]], [[Hermes]], [[Hephaestus]], and [[Ares]]; and [[Aphrodite]]. These were the thirteen major Greek gods; the Greeks also worshipped numerous minor deities.
Zeus is a philanderer, has favorites, and severely punishes mortals who dare attempt to resemble or rival him. [<ref>http://www.unification-thought.org/01ward.html] </ref> His punishment against mortals was usually in the form of a bolt of [[lightning]].
Zeus is depicted as having a number of infidelities. The most famous of his children from these liaisons was [[Hercules]], a demi-god of great strength.
*[[Iliad]]
*[[Sculpture]]
 
==References==
*[http://quest.nasa.gov/galileo/About/mythology.html The Mythology of Jupiter], NASA Quest.
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