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Oh, Father Zeus, who shakest with fiery light the world, deep-sounding from thy lofty height! From thee proceeds the ethereal lightning’s blaze, flashing around intolerable rays.
— The Orphic Hymns

Zeus, known as Jupiter or Jove to the Romans and Tinia to the Etruscans, is the god of lightning and the sky, and the ruler of the Olympians of Mount Olympus.

Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions, he is married to Hera, although, at the oracle of Dodona, his consort is Dione: according to the Iliad, he is the father of Aphrodite by Dione. He is known for his erotic escapades. These resulted in many godly and heroic offspring, including Athena, Apollo, and Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus, Hercules, Helen of Troy, Minos, and the Muses; by Hera, he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe, and Hephaestus.

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." For the Greeks, he was the King of the Gods, who oversaw the universe. As Pausanias observed, "That Zeus is king in heaven is a saying common to all men". 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 thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak. In addition to his Indo-European inheritance, the classical "cloud-gatherer" 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.

Battle vs. Thor (by Laquearius)[]


Winner: Zeus

Expert's Opinion[]

Zeus can't stand up to Thor in raw physical brawl thanks to the sheer destructive power of Mjölnir and the strength offered by Megingjörð, and Thor is more mobile thanks to his magical chariot. However, the immense power and range of Zeus's thunderbolts allows him to safely bombard Thor from a distance, while Thor's only ranged attack is throwing his hammer. Zeus's powers of shapeshifting and weather control provide versatility and misdirection, which the straightforward Thor would have trouble dealing with. FInally, Thor is more used to fighting on a regular basis, but the enemies he fights are usually vastly inferior to him. Zeus's opponents, such as Kronos and Typhon, were much greater threats, so Zeus is more prepared for a battle with a foe on his level.

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