Symbols representing Zeus….• Eagle – an eagle represents the sky, dominance and prestige. Zeus was the god over the heavens• Bull – the bull symbolized Zeus’s strength• Thunderbolt – he received it in return for freeing the Cyclopes.• Oak tree – symbolizes Zeus’s strength.
Meanings of Zeus’s name• Sky• Clear• Day
Zeus of Artemision• Bronze, circa 460 - 450 B.C. 2.09 m (6 10.5") high, 2.10 m (6 10.75") fingertip to fingertip. Found in the sea near cape Artemisio• The sculpture was discovered in 1926 but it’s unknown who sculpted it or who it actually is. They think it might be Zeus because the person in the sculpture is in the motion or throwing a lightning bolt.
ZEUS & GANYMEDES• Ware: Attic Red Figure Shape: Krater, calyx• Painter: Attributed to the Eucharides Painter Date: ca 490 - 480 BC Period: Late Archaic / Early Classical• On this side of the calyx krater, Ganymedes serves Zeus ambrosia on Olympos. He is enthroned with an eagle seated on his royal staff (one of his symbols).
Zeus at Olympia• The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias, circa 432 BC on the site where it was erected in the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.• 12 meters (43 feet) tall, occupied half of the width of the aisle of the temple built to house it
The story of Zeus and Cronus:• Cronus became father of the gods by murdering his father, Uranus. The dying Uranus gave Cronus the prophecy, “You murder me now and steal my throne—but one of your own sons will dethrone you, for crime begets crime.” In order to prevent this from happening Cronus ate each of his kids as they were born. His wife, Rhea, however, foiled his plan by giving birth to a son, Zeus. When Zeus was born his mother hid him with a shepherd family until one day she brought him back to be the new cupbearer. Cronus of course, did not recognize him. Rhea and Zeus plotted against Cronus and made a poisonous drink for him. When he drank it, he threw up all of his children that he had swallowed, still alive because gods cannot be digested. Zeus and his siblings all fought against Cronus and him and his army fled. Zeus became king of the gods, fulfilling the prophecy made to Cronus.