Great Greek Myths: S1:E1: Zeus

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September 16, 2023- by Steven E. Greer

Zeus is the lord of elements. He controls the atmosphere and lightning.

Lightning was the only weapon of mass destruction back then. The aegis is what he held in his hand to create lightning, but it has now been defined as protection or armor. However,  it was the object he held in his hand.

Zeus lived in the mountains. Mount Olympus was his favorite location.

Zeus’ origin started when there was nothing but darkness. Then there came the god Chaos. Then, the god of earth, Gaia, created mountains, oceans plains, forest, etc.

Then, Eros came and caused Gaia to create Uranus because she was lonely. Uranus is the god of the Sky and her opposite. Uranus and Gaia touched. There was no gap in between. Eros encourage them to have sex and they had children.

Gaia and Uranus created the 12 Titans, the Cyclops, the Hecatoncheires (which means 100 hands and 50 heads), and the Giants.

These children had to remain inside Gaia because she was in touch with Uranus and there was no room. The Giants and Titans got upset being stuck inside Gaia and they were starting to cause Gaia anguish.

She encouraged them to fight back Uranus. None obeyed but one, which was Cronus, a Titan.

With the help of Gaia, Cronus cut off Uranus’ testicles, causing him to be banished far away to the sky. With Uranus separated from Gaia, an atmosphere was created.

With Uranus being gone, Cronus became the supreme ruler. He married Rhea, his sister.

Cronus was warned that his children would usurp him. So, he ate all of the children that they created.

Finally, Rhea ran away when she was pregnant with Zeus. She went to Crete where the nymphs raised Zeus.

When she went back to Cronus, she gave him a stone and told him that it was Zeus. Apparently he was dumb and believed it. He ate the stone.

Young Zeus ate ambrosia and nectar. Amalthea, in the form of a goat, gave him milk. The cornucopia is a horn from that goat.

Cronus looked for baby Zeus, but failed because he was in a cave. Curetes were creatures that did war dances and prevented baby Zeus’ cries from being heard by Cronus.

Zeus grew up and then wanted revenge on Cronus for eating his brothers and sisters.

Zeus seduced a nymph called Metis. She was the goddess of wisdom, prudence and cunning.

Metis gave Zeus an idea to give Cronus a magic potion to make him vomit up the children. He had to go to his mother, Rhea, to get approval and the potion, which she did. Rhea, who is the wife of Cronus, gave Zeus access to Cronus by pretending he was a cupbearer. The potion worked and Cronus vomited the children.

Cronus got angry and wanted to attack Zeus. He rallied his siblings, the Titans. Rhea gave Zeus her children, the ones vomited up: Hestia, Demetur, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon.

It was a war of the six Olympians versus 12 Titans, or the Titanomachy war, which lasted hundreds of years. Gaia told Zeus he needed the help of the Cyclops. The Cyclops gave Zeus his thunder and lightning weapons. The Cyclops were stuck in Tartarus, or hell, and Zeus freed them.

Zeus defeated the Titans, but Gaia, his grandmother, was now mad at him because the Titans were her children. A new war called Gigantomachy began against the Giants (children of Gaia).

Zeus had sex with Alcmeney and created Heracles (better known as the Roman version of Hercules). Heracles’ arrow killed the Giants.

The stone that Cronus vomited, called Omphalos, was placed in the city of Delphi. It was the center of the universe.

Gaia was still angry and conceived a child with Tartarus called Typhon. Typhon was a huge beast with a head of a bull and the body of a man.

Typhon scared all of the Olympians away to Egypt, where they took form of animals. Apollo became a hawk. Hermes became a stork, etc.

Zeus stayed to fight Typhon. He defeated him by throwing Mount Etna onto him.

After Zeus was the Master of the Universe, he divided up the cosmos. Zeus took the sky. Poseidon took the seas. Hades took the underworld.

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