Zeus' Rise to Power

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Zeus’ Rise to Power February 11, 2008 Keyterms: o Olympus o Zeus o Typhoios o Dicte o Kouretes   Eris: strife, disputes --> represents tension between and among gods Eros: god of sexual desire  o Required for family structure Zeus' many sexual relations --> father of the gods Zeus + Memory: Muses --> tellers of the story Thesis: Through the Theogony, the muses legitimate the power of Zeus by  praising his leadership and kinship. Power, identity, status: comes from idea of war hero or father figure Varied models of leadership/legitimacy of power Theogony, lines 456-462 "Later, Cronos forced himself upon Rheia, And she gave birth to a splendid brood: Hestia and Demeter and gold-sandaled Hera, Strong, pitiless Hades, the underworld lord, The booming Earthshaker, Poseidon, and finally Zeus, a wise god, our Father in heaven Under whose thunder the wide world trembles."   o Zeus: son of Cronos and Gaia (generation of Olympians) o Threat of son overpowering Cronos Theogony, lines 4363-469 "And Cronos swallowed them all down as soon as each Issued form Rheia's holy womb onto her knees, With the intent that only he among the proud Ouranians Should hold the title of King among the Immortals. For he had learned from Earth and starry Heaven That it was fated for him, powerful though he was, To be overthrown by his child."  
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o Fated by Gaia and Ouranos Theogony, lines 488-491 "Then she wrapped up a great stone in swaddling clothes And gave it to Cronos, Ouranos' son, the great lord and king Of the earlier gods. He took it in his hands and rammed it
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