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Zeus (English pronunciation: /ˈzjuːs/[3] zews); Ancient Greek Ζεύς Zeús,pronounced [zdeǔ̯s] in Classical AtticModern Greek: Δίας Díaspronounced [ˈði.as]) is the god of sky and thunder and the ruler of the Olympians of Mount Olympus. The name Zeus is cognate with the first element of RomanJupiter, and Zeus and Jupiter became closely identified with each other.

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Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions he is married to H

era, although, at the oracle of Dodona, his consort is Dione: according to the Iliad, he is the father of Aphrodite by Dion

e.[4] He is known for his erotic escapades. These resulted in many godly and heroic offsprin

g, including AthenaApolloArtemisHermesPersephone (by Demeter), DionysusPerseusHeraclesHelen of TroyMinos, and the Muses(by Mnemosyne)

; by Hera, he is usually said to have fathered AresHebe and Hephaestus.[5]

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As Walter Burkert points out in his book, Greek Religion, "Even the gods who are not his natural children address him as Father, and all the gods rise in his presence."[6] For the Greeks

, he was the King of the Gods, who oversaw th

e universe. As Pausanias observed, "That Zeus is king in heaven is a saying co

mmon to all men".[7] In Hesiod's Theogony Zeus assigns the various gods their roles. In the Homeric Hymns he is referred to as the chieftain of the gods.

His symbols are the thunderbolteaglebull, and oak. In addition to his Indo-European inheritance, the classical "cloud-gatherer" (Greek: Νεφεληγερέτα,Nephelēgereta)[8] also derives certain iconographic traits from the cultures of the Ancient Near East, such as the scepter. Zeus is frequently depicted by Greek artists in one of two poses: standing, striding forward, with a thunderbolt leveled in his raised right hand, or seated in majesty.

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