Zeus, was the greatest of the gods. He followed in the place of Uranos and Kronos. While Poseidon ruled the seas and Hades ruled the underworld, Zeus was the master of the earth and the skies. His home was on the top of Mount Olympos or in the sky. The high soaring eagle was sacred to him as were cloud-topped mountains. Although Zeus was the ruler and preserver of the world he had many human weaknesses. He could be jealous and he was a notorious womanizer whose wives included Metis, Themis and Hera. To the Romans he was known as Jupiter.This image of Zeus of Istiaea is from a Greek Stamp issued in 1955.
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