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Unformatted text preview: THE RULE OF ZEUS 1. Zeus distributes realms to his brothers (under his chief authority) and assigns important functions to his sisters: —Poseidon rules the sea; —Hades rules the Underworld; —Demeter is the goddess of agriculture, harvests, grains, etc.; —Hestia is the goddess of the hearth; —Hera is the goddess of marriage and childbirth. 2. Zeus overcomes three challenges to his power: —the Titanomachy (“Battle of the Titans”), in which he defeats the Titans led by Kronos; —the Gigantomachy (“Battle of the Giants”), in which Zeus defeats the Giants, monsters born when drops of blood from the severed genitalia of Uranos fell on the earth; —the battle against Typhon (Typhoeus), the last and fiercest monster of all. 3. Zeus enters on a series of hieroi gamoi (“sacred marriages”; sg., hieros gamos ), in which he allies himself with positive and stabilizing forces. The significance of these marriages lies in their allies himself with positive and stabilizing forces....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course CLAS 250 taught by Professor Martinwinkler during the Summer '11 term at George Mason.
- Summer '11