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Definition of Zeus

In Greek mythology, the word Zeus refers to the supreme deity, king of the Olympian gods, ruler of Mount Olympus and the deity of the sky and thunder.


  1. God
  2. Deity
  3. King of Olympus


In ancient Greece, Zeus represented the most relevant deity in Greek mythology, holding that position because he was the one who gave life to human beings and some other deities.

His name means “father of the gods” in the Greek language, so he was the highest authority on Mount Olympus, the king of the other gods, and his wife was the goddess Hera.

His primary function was to maintain order both on Olympus and throughout the universe.

Despite being considered the god of thunder and the sky, these functions were not limited only to those two characteristics, but transcended to more important things, such as preserving peace in the world and therefore prolonging the lives of the inhabitants of the earth, using order and justice to achieve that goal.

According to legend, Zeus had the ability to be omnipresent, so he could be aware of the activities of mortals and even the gods themselves, intervening in situations that warranted it. However, when it came to matters of love and sexuality, he was considered weak and careless.

He was even considered a madman in this regard, as he had sex with goddesses and gods, women and men, even his own daughters, and didn’t care, which made Hera angry.


One peculiarity that this god had, and from which he benefited, was the ability to change shape in order to escape from his wife and have his love affairs in secret.