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What are some of Zeus' personality traits?

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Zeus as the supreme god of the Greek pantheon possesses multi-faceted personality traits, including a sense of the carefree, as well as a role as the upholder of justice for both his fellow gods and humans. However, as a god, Zeus is portrayed in some Greek legends as toying with humans and ruining the lives of people with little regard to his actions.

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What are some of Zeus' personality traits?
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At the core of Zeus' character is his position as a god; a position which portrays the differences between gods and humans as a gap that is impossible to close. According to Greek legend, Zeus was married to Hera but frequently was disloyal to his sister-wife and fathered numerous demi-god offspring from his alliances with mortal females.

Zeus is also portrayed as a jovial soul and engaged in revelry often. This was sometimes done with negative effects to either mortals or fellow gods. In the Greek pantheon, Zeus' role also included control over the weather. Bad weather such as thunderstorms and heavy rain, were attributed to periods of foul mood.

As a divine being, Zeus falls short of being a moral authority as he has many imperfections and personality flaws. Like most Greek gods, Zeus has human flaws and is not an all-powerful being.

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