Welcome to our page about the Story of Zeus and Hera

By Alex and Kristi



Zeus and Hera are married but they are also brother and sister.

Zeus and his mother Rheia saved his brothers and sisters out of his father's (Cronos') stomach by giving Cronos a rock to swallow, in place of baby Zeus. Zeus is the King of Sky and Land.

Hera is the Queen of Heaven and was very jealous of Zeus's mortal and immortal lovers and children.

Zeus asked many times for Hera to marry him but each time she refused. He made it rain and turned into a cuckoo bird. Zeus flew to Hera for protection form the cold pouring rain, and she held the "bird" close. Zeus suddenly transformed back into himself and Hera found herself hugging Zeus. She finally gave in and agreed to marry Zeus!





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Crete:

Rheia went to Crete in the Cretan mountains to bring forth her child in secret so that he would be safe from Cronus. Zeus was hidden in a cave in Crete and was taken care of by two nymphs who danced, stamped, beat their drums and clashed their shields to cover the baby’s crying. Rheia did not want her son found by Cronus.

Hera and Zeus also got married in Crete.






Zeus
Zeus


Zeus


The leader of the Greek Gods, Zeus was the god of law and social order and the Titans ruled the universe. Their leader was Cronus. He and his wife Rheia had five children, but because Cronus had been warned that one of his children would overthrow him, he swallowed each child as soon as it was born. Zeus was the sixth. Rheia was determined to save this child, so she tricked Cronus by giving him a blanket-wrapped stone to swallow and secretly sent the Zeus to safety on the island of Crete. There, nymphs took care the baby Zeus, while Cretan warriors sang and clashed their swords so that Cronus would not hear his crying. When he grew up, Zeus was ready to overthrow his cruel father and avenge the siblings that Cronus had swallowed. He befriended Metis, who was either a Titaness or an ocean nymph. Metis devised a potion to make Cronus threw up his children, and either she or Zeus gave it to Cronus to drink. Cronus spat forth Zeus's sisters Hestia, Demeter, and Hera and his brothers Hades and Poseidon. Last of all, Cronus vomited up the stone he had swallowed in place of Zeus. Tradition says that the stone was later set in a place of honor at Delphi. It was called the omphalos, the navel of the world. Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon battled the Titans in a war that lasted ten years. Zeus also had the help of 300 armed giants and of the Cyclopes.



Hera
Hera

Hera


Most of her anger was directed at Zeus's lovers and their children, whom she persecuted and punished mercilessly. Many of the stories about Hera concern her revenge against these individuals. One of the greatest victims of Hera's anger was Hercules, the son of Zeus and a mortal women named Alcmena. Hera hounded and punished Hercules throughout his life. Soon after his birth, she sent two snakes to kill him, but the infant Hercules, who would become known for his tremendous strength, strangled the snakes instead. Another time, Hera drove Hercules temporarily insane, causing him to kill his own wife and children. Once, when she raised a storm against Hercules' ship, Zeus retaliated by hanging Hera from Mount Olympus by her wrists, with anvils attached to her feet.





Here is a short quiz ...Truth or False?

1) Hera is considered protector and supporter of women
2) Zeus is considered protector of the Sky and men
3) Rheia was determined to save her 7th child, Zeus
4) Cronos swallowed his kids because he was afraid that they would overthrow him like he overthrew his father
5) Hera loved Hercules dearly
6) Some of Zeus's siblings are; Hestia, Poseidon, Hades, and Demeter




Bibliography:

Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar Parin Aulaire. Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's Book of Greek myths . [1st ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1962. Print.


"Hera - Myth Encyclopedia - mythology, Greek, god, story, names, ancient, famous, animal, war, world, Roman, life, hero, king, trojan, children, fire, monster, strength." Encyclopedia of Myths. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2011. http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Go-Hi/Hera.html.

"Zeus - Myth Encyclopedia - mythology, Greek, god, ancient, famous, animal, world, Roman, life, children, culture." Encyclopedia of Myths. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2011. <http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Wa-Z/Zeus.html>.