Zeus (English pronunciation: // zews); Ancient Greek Ζεύς Zeús,pronounced [zdeǔ̯s] in Classical Attic; Modern 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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His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak. In addition to his Indo-European inheritance, the classical "cloud-gatherer" (Greek: Νεφεληγερέτα,Nephelēgereta) 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.