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The Greek God Zeus Thousands of years ago many people believed in a god named Zeus He was considered to be the god of the sky and weather and his image appeared on most Greek coins The people of Greece worshipped this idol as their god Zeus became one of the Seven Wonders of the World Phidias a famous Greek sculptor and his laborers carved a giant statue of Zeus in a special workshop behind the temple It was made entirely of ivory and gold Chryselephantine When finished it sat in the temple on an elaborate throne along with sculptures and paintings of Greek myths and legends Zeus was the most celebrated statue of ancient times because of its greatness charm and worth Zeus was the supreme god and ruler of Olympus He was known by many titles Lord of the Sky the Cloud- gatherer the Rain-god and Zeus the Thunderer all of which show which force of nature was considered to be the most important in Ancient World - rain In most other mythologies the ruler-god was usually associated with the sun but in Greece the climate is hot and dry making rain the scarce life-giving force Zeus was the sixth child born to Cronus and Rhea Because Cronus ruler of the Titans and the supreme god at the time was afraid that one of his children would overthrow him just like he overthrew his father Uranus he swallowed his first five children - Poseidon Hades Hera Demeter and Hestia This of course infuriated Rhea and when Zeus was born she tricked Cronus into swallowing a rock wrapped in blankets Zeus is more powerful than any other god or even all the other gods combined But unlike many gods in other religions he was neither omnipotent nor omniscient He could be and in fact was opposed deceived and tricked by gods and men alike His power although great was not boundless Zeus had
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