The Story of Zeus
Cronos became father of
the gods by murdering his own father, Uranus. The dying Uranus gave Cronos the
prophesy, “You murder me now and steal my throne—but one of your own sons will dethrone you, for crime begets
crime.” Cronos managed to get by this prophesy for a short
while because he would swallow all his children when they were born. His wife,
Rhea, however, foiled his plan by giving birth to a son, Zeus. She hid Zeus with a shepherd family, until one day
when Rhea brought him back to the court of gods as the new cupbearer. Cronos, of couse, did not recognize him.
Rhea and Zeus, plotting against Cronos, concocted a drink for him, one day. When he drank it, he threw up all
of his children that he had swallowed—still alive because gods cannot be digested.
The children and Zeus fought against Cronos, and made him and his army flee.
Zeus became king of the gods, fulfilling the prophesy made to Cronos.
The Story of Zeus and Hera
Zeus and his wife, Hera, were always quarreling because Zeus was unfaithful to her. One
day, Hera, plotting against Zeus, drugged his drink, and bound him while he was sleeping. Zeus
could do nothing because he did not have his thunderbolt, until the Hundred-handed Briareus, came to his rescue and untied
the knots binding him. Once released, Zeus took his thunderbolt and hung Hera
in the sky, binding her with golden chains. She wept and wept until Zeus could
not take it anymore and freed her after she promised to never rebel again. Zeus also promised to mend his ways.
Brother to Demeter
Brother and Wife to Hera
Brother to Poseidon
Brother to Hades
Father to Ares
Father to Hephaestus
Father to Eris
Father to Athene
Father to Persephone
Father to Artemis
Father to Apollo
Father to Hermes
Father to Epaphus