Most people know that Zeus is the king of Mount Olympus. When Zeus was born, his father, Cronus, was on a child eating kick. Cronus was told that one of his children would replace him, so he decided to eat his children, just like his own father Ouranos. Now, Rhea, Zeus’ mother had a bit of a problem with this, so she substituted a rock for Zeus and Cronus was none the wiser.

                Zeus grew up, defeated his father and the titans and freed his brothers and sisters. Zeus became king of the gods and married his sister, Hera (sibling marriage was big amongst the Greek Gods at the time). Zeus’ brothers, Poseidon became ruler of the ocean while his other brother, Hades, became King of the Underworld.

                The King of the Greek Gods was by no means modest. In fact, one of the most common reasons that Zeus appears in Greek mythology, is due to his escapades with women, and sometimes men. Zeus essentially just slept with anything, or anyone, that he found attractive- and he didn’t always take human form to do it. Zeus has been a swan, a bull, and even a lightning bolt, just so that he could get some extramarital action.

                Unfortunately, Hera was not happy sharing her husband, and often took her frustrations out on the women, or deities, that Zeus had slept with that week. But because Zeus was so busy all of the time, many of his love affairs, and children survived. Among Zeus’ offspring are Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Diana and Hercules.

                Zeus’ slutty behavior is so prolific, that a majority of Greek tragedies can be traced back to him and his penis. Sorry Zeus- I’m going to have to call you out one this one. There is nothing wrong with sleeping with someone that you find attractive, but you really should have cleared things with Hera before jumping in the sac. Maybe it’s due to his statues as King of the Gods, but Zeus’ behavior was not criticized by story tellers, which I think is a shame because it set the precedent for irresponsible behavior toward one’s partner.  

                

Published by Irina Yakubin