As the son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, Zeus was the god of thunder and the sky. Zeus was married to the Goddess Hera. Even though he was married, Zeus was also well known for his sexual conquests of other goddesses and various mortal women.
He is mostly famous for his personal weapon, the "thunderbolt" (lightning) - a gift from the Cyclopes; it was more or less a token of appreciation after Zeus helped release the Cyclopes (among others) from their dungeon in Tartarus (underworld region). Tartarus is a deep, gloomy place...better described as a murky pit or an abyss - used as a dungeon of torment & suffering (sounds like hell) that is located beneath the underworld.
By releasing the Gigantes, Hecatonchires, Cyclopes, and the brothers of Cronus from Tartarus, and after leading the gods into their victory over the Titans during the great Cosmic War, he became ruler of the Gods. The "Cosmic War" is also known as Titanomachia, Titanomachy, War of the Titans, Battle of Gods, Battle of the Titans, or simply "Titan War." Myths state that it was a long battle, in which the gods of Mount Olympus gained control of the universe by defeating the Titans and sending them into the underworld.
The mighty "Zeus" only used his personal power sporadically, as he typically left his influential work towards humans, for his children. His children had great power over the mortal earth dwellers at the time.
Editor's Comment: Mythology is more interesting when viewed in a symbolic way, albeit it does make a person wonder: How many times has life started & ended on this planet; how many times has Gaia been exploited by other forms of life, mighty giants, visitors from other planets, and any other race that is currently considered bizarre & outlandish to most of the poorly evolved minds and currently dwelling Homo sapiens?
Zeus was the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and of the Pantheon of gods who resided there. Being the supreme ruler, he upheld law, justice and morals, in which this made him the spiritual leader of both gods and men. Zeus was a celestial god, and originally worshipped as a weather god by the Greek tribes... Read more: http://www.pantheon.org/articles/z/zeus.html
Wikipedia's version of Zeus, the God of Thunder, Lightning & Thunderbolts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeus
In Greek Mythology, the Battle of the Titans took place for ten years; a series of battles fought in Thessaly between the two races of deities - before the existence of mankind. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanomachy
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