Greek God: Zeus

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Just like his Norse counterpart Odin, Zeus is father to all men and gods alike, as well as being Greek mythology's most prominent god. Zeus is god of sky and thunder, he is the ruler of Mount Olympus (Greek mythology's heaven) and is famous for carrying a thunderbolt. Parented by Cronus and Rhea, Zeus was the youngest of their children which were Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter and Hera (who was also his wife)...

Destined to be overcome by one of his own sons, Cronus is said to have swallowed all of his children in order to prevent this from happening. However, Rhea and Gaia devised a plan to save Zeus; she would give birth to him in Crete and hide him in a cave on Mount Ida, whilst tricking Cronus by feeding him a rock wrapped in cloth. Zeus' upbringing is unclear from that point onwards, but many tales suggest that Gaia raised him. When Zeus reached manhood, he managed to overthrow his father and forced him to regurgitate his siblings as well as freeing Cronus' brothers, the Gigantes, the Hecatonchires and the Cyclopes, from their dungeon in Tartarus. The Cyclopes thanked him by granting him the power of thunder and lightning, which had previously been hidden by Gaia. The war of the titans, led by Cronus, then ensued and lasted for ten years, testing Zeus and the Olympians to their limit. However, the Olympians were eventually successful and proceeded to cast the titans into the underworld region of Tartarus. Zeus then split the world with his brothers, giving Poseidon the seas, himself the skies and Hades the underworld. Whilst Zeus was married to Hera, he was also known for his sexual prowess and is said to have had many lovers including Leto, Leda, Danae, Europa, Ganymede, Semele, Themis, Mnemosyne and Eurynome. Zeus had many children to Hera and his lovers including Perseus, Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Artemis, Persephone, Heracles, Ares, Hebe, Hephaestus, Minos and Helen of Troy to name but a few.