Zeus

[zoos]
noun
  1. the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Poseidon, and father of a number of gods, demigods, and mortals; the god of the heavens, identified by the Romans with Jupiter.
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  • "Men say it is not so grand as the statue of Zeus, that we have at Olympia," replied the boy.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Festivals in honour of Zeus, because he delivered men from misfortunes and dangers.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Then they uncovered the fallen statues of the pediments of Zeus' temple.

  • There he made the gold and ivory statue of Zeus that you shall see in Zeus's temple.

  • The columns and walls of the grand old temple of Zeus fell in a heap.


British Dictionary definitions for zeus

Zeus

noun
  1. the supreme god of the ancient Greeks, who became ruler of gods and men after he dethroned his father Cronus and defeated the Titans. He was the husband of his sister Hera and father by her and others of many gods, demigods, and mortals. He wielded thunderbolts and ruled the heavens, while his brothers Poseidon and Hades ruled the sea and underworld respectivelyRoman counterpart: Jupiter
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Word Origin and History for zeus

Zeus

supreme god of the ancient Greeks, 1706, from Greek, from PIE *dewos- "god" (cf. Latin deus "god," Old Persian daiva- "demon, evil god," Old Church Slavonic deivai, Sanskrit deva-), from root *dyeu- "to gleam, to shine;" also the root of words for "sky" and "day" (see diurnal). The god-sense is originally "shining," but "whether as originally sun-god or as lightener" is not now clear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

zeus in Culture

Zeus

[Roman name Jupiter]

The chief of the Greek and Roman gods, who defeated the Titans to assume leadership of the universe. He lived atop Mount Olympus, from which he hurled thunderbolts to announce his anger. Despite his awesome power, he had a weakness for mortal women. (See Leda and the swan.)

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