Zeus was the son of Cronus and Rhea, an earlier race of ruling gods called Titans. Cronus was king of all the Titans. Zeuswas the brother of Hades and Poseidon, Hades was the god of the underworld and Poseidon was the god of the sea. Together they overthrew their father and the rest of the Titans. All thanks was due to Zeus for the dethroning of Cronus.
You see, before cronus ever had children he heard a prophecy that one of his overthrow him, so whenever his wife would have a child he would swallow it. Then, after he had swallowed many babies, she gave birth to Zeus. She grew very fond of him, until Cronus called her to give him the baby so he could swallow it. She hid Zeus in a cave, and she gave Cronus a rock wrapped in cloth. he swallowed it whole just like the other babies. Over the years Zeus grew stronger and wiser. Then, when the time was right he confronted his father and kicked him in the stomach.
The shock from this made Cronus vomit up the gods, which were all fully grown now. Zeus and his fellow gods overthrew Cronus and the Titans. Zeus and his brothers decided who would rule over what-Zeus... god of the heavens Poseidon... god of the sea Hades... god of the underworld All the gods shared the earth together. In all of Zeus's pictures he is depicted with a beard and muscles. He's also usually holding a lighting bolt. Zeus married Hera, whom was also his sister.
He disguised himself as a wounded sparrow, and Hera took him in and tended to him. She grew very fond of him, and one day she said to the sparrow, 'I love you. ' Then, Zeus turned into his true image exclaiming, 'Now you must marry me!' She didn't want to marry him, but she felt obligated to. She hated her brother for this.
Zeus, along with all the other gods, had symbols. His animal symbol was the eagle. His earth symbol was the oak tree. Zeuswas known as the god of justice and mercy, the protector of the weak, and the punished of the wicked. He was father of gods and men, protector of kings, supporter of law and order, and avenger of broken oaths and other offenses.
By one move of his hand he could send a lighting storm to anywhere on the earth. He guided stars and he gathered rain clouds. He ordained the changes of the seasons and regulated the whole course of nature. Zeus, with the other gods on Mt. Olympus, ruled over the affairs of mankind. Zeus's and Hera's marriage was regarded as the divine prototype of all earthly marriages, even though Zeus was not always faithful to Hera.
Some authorities explain his indiscretions by saying that many adventures of the other gods were ascribed to Zeus. One of 7 wonders of the ancient world was said to be a statue of Zeus by Phidias in the great temple of Zeus at Olympia. The figure stood about 40 feet high, it was made of ivory and gold in about 430 B.C. The design is known from its image stamped on certain greek coins. Zeus was by far the greatest, grandest, and fairest of all the gods. Mortals feared him and gods laughed at his boastful and egotistical behavior. He stands out among all the greek gods.