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Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses - Fun Facts about Zeus for Kids

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Short Facts about Zeus for Kids and Children
Learn about this famous Olympian god by read this fast fact file about Zeus.  The fact file provides fast access to interesting facts for kids and children about the myths and legends associated with Zeus. Learn about the fascinating stories from the Ancient World that are filled with mythological creatures, monsters and beasts.  Fast, interesting facts about famous gods, goddesses, demigods and heroes and their encounters with these powerful mythological supernatural beings.

Mythical Creatures and Monsters

 

Fun Facts about Zeus - Pictures of Zeus
Before checking out the facts about Zeus its a good idea to have an impression of what Zeus might have looked like. Images, pictures and representations of Zeus are found in the ancient sculptures, mosaics, paintings, pictures, pottery and vases that were made in ancient times. Other artists of later periods have also produced some wonderful pictures depicting their ideas of what the god Zeus might have looked like. In Greek Art the Olympian god Zeus was often illustrated with images and pictures representing the attributes and symbols associated with Zeus.

Zeus on his throne

Pictures of Zeus

Look at the pictures of Zeus and see if you can identify any symbols associated with this famous Olympian god which are the thunderbolt, the eagle, the sceptre, the bull and the oak tree.

 

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Mythical Facts about Zeus for kids
Discover interesting information and fun facts about Zeus, the king of the gods and men. The fun facts about Zeus for kids provides a list detailing fascinating information to increase your knowledge about Zeus in Greek Mythology.

Mythical Facts about Zeus for Kids


Fact 1:

He was the god of the sky and the heavens and referred to as King of the gods and men
 
Fact 2: The names of his parents were Cronus and Rhea
 
Fact 3: He was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus
 
Fact 4: He is believed to have been born in a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete
 
Fact 5: Cronus, his father, believed that he would be betrayed and replaced by his own children. He therefore kept eating his children. Rhea gave birth to Zeus and tricked her husband by substituting the baby with a swaddled rock. Cronus ate the rock believing he had disposed of another threat to his rule.
 
Fact 6: Zeus vanquished his father and released his siblings, who were still living in the stomach of Cronus
 
Fact 7: His older brothers were Poseidon and Hades who ruled the sea and the underworld
 
Fact 8: He was revered as protector of the weak and punisher of the wicked but his punishments could be severe. Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. As a terrible punishment he condemned Prometheus to having his liver eaten by a giant eagle
 
Fact 9: When he abducted Europa, his brother, Poseidon, calmed the waves of the sea to help Zeus, trying to escape.
 
Fact 10: He was on the side of the Trojans in the Trojan War. In the 'Deception of Zeus' his wife, Hera, deceived and distracted him, enabling the Greeks to obtain the upper hand during the Trojan War.
 
Fact 11: He had the power to transform his shape, and often did so in order to complete a seduction
 
Fact 12: He was famous for seducing Leda in the guise of a swan. He seduced Europa in the guise of a bull and Antiope in the guise of a satyr.
 
Fact 13: His mother Rhea incited the Gigantes (a race of giants) to rebel against the Olympian gods who were victorious in the Battle of the Giants, called the Gigantomachy
 
Fact 14: His long list of lovers included  Antiope, Callisto, Danae, Europa, Electra, Taygete, Niobe, Io, Semele, Themis, Leda, Leto, Maria, Mnemosyne, Demeter and  Alcmene
 
Fact 15: Aided by the Cyclopes, Hephaestus (Vulcan) manufactured  the weapons of Zeus, the dreadful thunderbolts, whose frightful power none could withstand
 
Fact 16: One of the horns of the goat Amalthea, broken off by Zeus, and supposed to possess the power of filling itself with whatsoever its owner desired.
 
Fact 17: The aegis, a protective buckler shield shown in the following picture, was also an attribute of the god.

Buckler Shield - the Aegis 
 

Mythical Facts about Zeus for Kids

Deception of Zeus by Hera

The Deception of Zeus by Hera

 

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Zeus Fact File

Character Facts
Personality: Merciful, just, unpredictable, womaniser, carefree
 

Picture of Zeus

Picture of Zeus

Appearance Facts Appearance: Powerful, strong, imposing, bearded with long, blue hair
Facts about Symbols The thunderbolt, the eagle, the sceptre, the bull and the oak tree
Role of Zeus: The role of Zeus was to preside over the other gods and to ensure justice and laws were implemented
Brothers & Sisters: Zeus had five siblings. His two brothers were Poseidon and Hades and his three sisters were Hestia, Hera and Demeter
Roman Counterpart: The Roman name for this god was Jupiter or Jove
Name of Wife: The Queen of the gods, Hera
Name of Father: Cronus
Name of Mother: Rhea

Facts about Zeus - Olympian Gods Family Tree & Genealogy
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