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When was Zeus born and when did he die?

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Zeus is a fictional mythological figure who is said to have been born in some undefined prehistoric period, and as such, there is no exact date for the character's supposed birth; additionally, there is no widely known classical reference to Zeus's death, which is perhaps unsurprising given that he was supposed to be an immortal god. There are multiple classical sources for the myth of Zeus' birth, including Hesiod's "Theogony," which states that Zeus was the son of Rhea, a child of Mother Earth, and Cronus, a Titan. Hesiod gives no specific date for this event, implying only that the birth of Zeus and other gods took place before mankind existed.

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According to classical Greek mythology, Zeus is considered the king of the gods. His equivalent in classical Roman mythology is Jupiter. Though Zeus has multiple conflicts in mythology, he is never in mortal peril and does not have a death mythology thanks to his immortality. Zeus is said to have been raised by Mother Earth, or Gaia, and eventually overthrew his father Cronus for control of the world. Zeus rules over Olympus, the mythical home of the Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses. His creation story is not detailed in the same way as other creation myths for other gods and goddesses, such as Athena, who is said to have been born out of Zeus' head.

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    What did Zeus do?

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    Zeus did many things, but his most notable act was overthrowing his father Cronus and the rest of the Titans. After Zeus was born, his father wanted to eat him, but his mother protected him by hiding him in a cave. Once Zeus reached adulthood, he tricked his father into drinking a potion that made him regurgitate the rest of Zeus's siblings, and together, they overthrew Cronus.

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    What is the difference between Zeus and Poseidon?

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    Zeus is the god of the sky and aerial phenomena in Greek mythology; his brother Poseidon is the god of the sea. Poseidon is the elder of the two, but Zeus is more powerful and the ruler of all gods. Zeus' signature weapon is a thunderbolt, while Poseidon's weapon is a trident.

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    How did people worship Zeus?

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    The ancient Greeks worshiped Zeus in nearly every home, with altars to the deity often placed in residential courtyards, shrines inside houses, offerings of wine and prayers offered throughout the day. Communities often erected shrines to Zeus on hilltops.

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    In Greek mythology, what were Ares' special powers?

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    In addition to being an immortal god, Ares possessed overwhelming strength and physicality. He was always armored and armed, and rode a huge chariot flanked by the demigods Phobos, Enyo, his sister Eris and Deimos. Ares was the Greek god of war and the son of Zeus and Hera.

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