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.
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.Learn More
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is physically attractive and has a fearsome and formidable streak. If her beauty is not given due credit, she is known to punish both man and God. She is married to Hephaestus, who is ugly and deformed. She is one of the few goddesses known to be unfaithful.Full Answer >
The Greek goddess Athena's personality traits included courage, wisdom, intelligence, cunning and chastity. As a goddess of war, she relied on strategy and morality rather than bloodshed, and as a goddess of wisdom she stressed diplomacy, justice, education, arts and crafts.Full Answer >
According to the "Iliad" of Homer, when the three sons of Cronus and Rhea divided up the world by lot, Zeus became the god of the sky, Hades became the god of the underworld, and Poseidon became the god of the sea. In Greek mythology, Poseidon was not only the god of the sea and water, but also of earthquakes and horses.Full Answer >
Atlas holds the world on his shoulders as a punishment handed down by Zeus. Atlas was a Titan involved with The Titanomachy, which was the war waged between the Titans and the Olympians that was eventually won by the Olympians.Full Answer >