MYTHOLOGY ♦ GREEK
ZEUS (Ancient Greek: Ζεύς, Zeús; Modern Greek: Δίας, Días; English pronunciation /zjuːs/) The greatest of the Olympian gods, and the father of gods and men, was a son of Cronus and Rhea, a brother of Poseidon, Hades , Hestia, Demeter, Hera, and at the same time married to his sister Hera. When Zeus and his brothers distributed among themselves the government of the world by lot, Poseidon obtained the sea, Hades the lower world, and Zeus the heavens and the upper regions, but the earth became common to all. According to the Homeric account Zeus, like the other Olympian gods, dwelt on Mount Olympus in Thessaly, which was believed to penetrate with its lofty summit into heaven itself. He is called the father of gods and men, the most high and powerful among the immortals, whom all others obey. He is the highest ruler, who with his counsel manages every thing, the founder of kingly power, of law and of order, whence Dice, Themis and Nemesis are his assistants.