Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades were the
three sons of Cronos. When Cronos retired, the boys divided the world
up between them. Zeus took the sky, Poseidon took the sea, and Hades
ruled under the earth, the home of the dead. At first, it was great
fun. But things had been just a bit slow lately.
Zeus thought about what he could do.
He could turn himself into an octopus
and visit his brother Poseidon under the sea, but he didn't feel much
like a swim.
He could visit Hades under the earth,
but Hades was such a gloomy fellow.
He could hurl thunderbolts, but it
wasn't much fun without a target.
He could hunt up one of the other gods.
But the truth was, all the other gods were terrified of Zeus. He did
have a terrible temper, but only when someone lied to him. Since the
gods often lied, they mostly avoided Zeus.
He could call for his wife, Hera. But
the truth was, Zeus was a little frightened of his wife, Hera.
He could find a beautiful woman. But he
couldn't let Hera catch him. His wife Hera was very very jealous.
Zeus flew down to earth and looked
around for something to do. He spotted two men walking along a
lane. Zeus cast his voice to make it sound like somebody else was
speaking. He was very good at that.
"Hey stupid," Zeus cast
his voice loudly, hoping to start a fight.
One man turned to the other angrily. "What did you say?"
And before you could say Zeus, fists were flying. Zeus found that
A glint on the river caught his
eye. It was Io, a lovely river nymph.
"What a lovely young
woman," Zeus said. He promptly fell in love.
Hoping to hide himself from the
eagle eye of his jealous wife, Zeus covered the world with some
really thick clouds. Then he flew down to Io. But Hera was not
stupid. The thick coat of clouds made her suspicious immediately.
Zeus looked up. "It's Hera!" he gulped.