Roman name: Jupiter
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
The Greeks loved to tell
stories about the magical family who ruled the heavens. The Greeks truly
believed that their gods could interfere in their lives, to help or hinder them.
to Greek myth, Zeus was the king of all the gods. Zeus had two
brothers and three sisters. When their father died, the boys - Zeus,
Poseidon, and Hades - divided the world up between themselves. Zeus took
all of the heavens, Poseidon
took the sea, and Hades
took the underworld. Each was quite content with their selection.
Zeus had a very jealous wife
named Hera. He also had a whole bunch of kids. Zeus was very fond of all his
children. Each of his children had special magical powers.
Zeus had more powers
than anyone. Zeus could throw his voice, and sound
like anybody. He could shape shift, and look like anybody. In fact, he was so
good at shape shifting that he could shape shift into the form of an animal. He could
throw lightning bolts. His horse, Pegasus,
carried his lightning bolts for him.
Zeus had a quick temper, a big sense of humor,
and lots of girlfriends. He was not afraid of anything except Hera,
There are a great many myths about the famous Zeus, king of
all the gods, myths like these:
Zeus, Hera, and Little Io
and the Great Flood
Hades, and the King of Corinth