Gaia and zeus relationship with mortals

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Gaea was the great mother of all creation--the heavenly gods were from her mating with Tartarus (the Pit), and mortal creatures born directly from her First she rebelled against her husband Uranus, then her son Cronus and finally against Zeus. ) classes her together with the divinities presiding over marriage. He accidentally impregnated his grandmother, Gaea, twice (also to note, Gods aside, Zeus also had sexual affairs with 20 mortals, including. When Zeus grew up, he and the gods waged war against the TITANS for ten years. It was then that Gaia prophesied victory to Zeus if he would have the.

After dispatching Uranus, Cronus re-imprisoned the Hecatonchiresand the Cyclopes and set the dragon Campe to guard them. He and his sister Rhea took the throne of the world as king and queen.

The period in which Cronus ruled was called the Golden Ageas the people of the time had no need for laws or rules; everyone did the right thing, and immorality was absent. Painting by Peter Paul Rubens of Cronus devouring one of his children Cronus learned from Gaia and Uranus that he was destined to be overcome by his own sons, just as he had overthrown his father.

As a result, although he sired the gods DemeterHestiaHeraHades and Poseidon by Rhea, he devoured them all as soon as they were born to prevent the prophecy.

When the sixth child, Zeuswas born Rhea sought Gaia to devise a plan to save them and to eventually get retribution on Cronus for his acts against his father and children. Rhea secretly gave birth to Zeus in Creteand handed Cronus a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes, also known as the Omphalos Stone, which he promptly swallowed, thinking that it was his son. Rhea kept Zeus hidden in a cave on Mount Ida, Crete. According to some versions of the story, he was then raised by a goat named Amaltheawhile a company of Kouretesarmored male dancers, shouted and clapped their hands to make enough noise to mask the baby's cries from Cronus.

Other versions of the myth have Zeus raised by the nymph Adamantheawho hid Zeus by dangling him by a rope from a tree so that he was suspended between the earth, the sea, and the sky, all of which were ruled by his father, Cronus. Still other versions of the tale say that Zeus was raised by his grandmother, Gaia. Once he had grown up, Zeus used an emetic given to him by Gaia to force Cronus to disgorge the contents of his stomach in reverse order: In other versions of the tale, Metis gave Cronus an emetic to force him to disgorge the children.

In a vast war called the TitanomachyZeus and his brothers and sisters, with the help of the Hecatonchires and Cyclopes, overthrew Cronus and the other Titans. Afterwards, many of the Titans were confined in Tartarus. Gaia bore the monster Typhon to claim revenge for the imprisoned Titans. Accounts of the fate of Cronus after the Titanomachy differ. In Homeric and other texts he is imprisoned with the other Titans in Tartarus.

In Orphic poems, he is imprisoned for eternity in the cave of Nyx. Pindar describes his release from Tartarus, where he is made King of Elysium by Zeus. In another version,[ citation needed ] the Titans released the Cyclopes from Tartarus, and Cronus was awarded the kingship among them, beginning a Golden Age. In Virgil 's Aeneid[5] it is Latium to which Saturn Cronus escapes and ascends as king and lawgiver, following his defeat by his son Jupiter Zeus.

One other account referred by Robert Graves[6] who claims to be following the account of the Byzantine mythographer Tzetzesit is said that Cronus was castrated by his son Zeus just like he had done with his father Uranus before. However the subject of a son castrating his own father, or simply castration in general, was so repudiated by the Greek mythographers of that time that they suppressed it from their accounts until the Christian era when Tzetzes wrote.

Ammon, a king of Libyamarried Rhea 3. However, Rhea abandoned Ammon and married her brother Cronus. Cronus ruled harshly and Cronus in turn was defeated by Ammon's son Dionysus 3.

Dionysus and Zeus then joined their forces to defeat the remaining Titans in Crete, and on the death of Dionysus, Zeus inherited all the kingdoms, becoming lord of the world 3.

Children of Zeus Persephone Persephone is the daughter of Demeter [goddess of the harvest]. Zeus arranged for Persephone to marry Hades [lord of the dead] even though Hades was Persephone's uncle Much to Demeter's chagrin, Persephone became the queen of the dead.

Children of Zeus Perseus Perseus was the son of Danae King Akrisios of Argos, Danae's father, was told by an oracle that Danae would have a son who would kill him. To thwart the oracle, Akrisios had Danae locked in a bronze vault so she could not be seduced or wed Zeus came to her as a shower of gold and Perseus was a result of Zeus's touch. Children of Zeus Sarpedon Sarpedon was the son of Laodameia After his death, Zeus had sympathy for Sarpedon and sent Apollon to cleanse his body so that Hypnos [Sleep] and Thanatos [Death] could return Sarpedon's body to his home in Lykia.

The only creatures on the primitive earth were non-sentient animals and monsters such as the Orb-Eyed Cyclopes and the three gigantic boys who came to be known as Briareos, Kottos and Gyes with fifty heads and fifty arms. The next generation of Immortals was not as fearsome looking as their predecessors but were monsters none the less As a son of Titans, Zeus brought to fruition the creation of human beings All that can be deduced about the time frames of the first three ages of mortal men is the they existed sometime before 40, BCE.

The "men" of the Golden Age were probably human-looking but it is easy to tell from their description that they were more like the Immortals than anything else.

Zeus Family Tree

As the name implies, the Golden Age was wonderful. The mortals of this age were created during the time of Kronos The Golden Age mortals lived like gods without sorrow, toil or grief The earth willingly and ceaselessly provided abundant fruit and flocks so that they could live in peace and at their ease. When they died, it was as if sleep overcame them and they became Pure Spirits It was during the Silver Age that the idea of "female" mortals was experimented with but never fully implemented.

The Silver Age was less noble by far than the Golden Age because the Silver generation had neither the body nor the spirit of their predecessors. The children of the Silver Age mortals stayed at their mother's side for a hundred years When they were fully grown and had reached their prime, their lives became very short and sorrowful.

Their brief adult lives were marked by foolishness and punctuated by their wrongdoings towards one another. The most shameful aspect of the Silver Age mortals was that they refused to serve the Immortals or offer sacrifices at their altars While the Silver Age was still in progress, Zeus and his followers waged a bitter but successful war against the Titans.

Kronos and the other Titans were forcibly removed to Tartaros [The Pit]. Zeus was not pleased with the conduct of the Silver Age mortals and put them away. They are called Blessed Spirits of the Underworld and although they are considered to be second-order, they are still worthy of honor.

GAEA (Gaia) - Greek Goddess of the Earth (Roman Terra, Tellus)

These "men" were, like their predecessors, man-like but certainly not human beings as we would define the species. There is an element of confusion as to the origins of the third mortal race. They are said to have sprung from the ash tree but that explanation seems to explain nothing. Even when we consider the fact that the Immortals are not bound by natural law, a race of men engendered by ash trees seems difficult to imagine.

Other interpretations of the origins of this race are: Regardless of semantics, the mortal men of the Age of Bronze were terrible and strong. They thrived on the violent and lamentable works of Ares. They ate no bread and had hearts as hard as adamant.

Greek Mythology: Story of Gaia

They used no iron The mortal men of the Age of Bronze were destroyed by their own penchant for violence and were seized by Thanatos [Death] and taken to the House of Hades. The last known man of the Age of Bronze was encountered and killed when Jason and the Argonauts were returning from their successful Quest for the Golden Fleece.

After Zeus had taken Europa to the island of Crete to raise their children, he placed a bronze man on the island to protect her He would pace around the island three times a day to ward off invaders and protect Europa and her descendants. When the Argonauts were trying to make landfall on Crete, Talos appeared on the shore and challenged them. Talos threw giant boulders at the Argo and scared the wits out of the battle-hardened Argonauts.

Princess Medeia was the only one on the ship capable of defeating Talos because she had been a priestess of one of Zeus's favorites But we're getting ahead of ourselves, all that happened near the end of the Age of Heroes. This was the age when Zeus finally created men and women like you and I. At first, there were only men but due to a conflict between Zeus and his cousin Prometheus, the first woman was created.

She was not created to be a comfort or compliment to the men of the earth Zeus seemed to be aloof to their misery but knowing all things, he allowed the suffering to continue until events could take their destined course. The Rebel-God Prometheus played a critical role in the creation of the first woman and thus complete Zeus's designs for the Age of Heroes.

As children of Titans, Zeus and Prometheus were of the same generation.

gaia and zeus relationship with mortals

Prometheus fought alongside Zeus against their Titan parents but he still did not agree with all that Zeus did. On one occasion, Prometheus tried to fool Zeus with a false sacrifice. Prometheus disregarded the ancient custom of offering the choicest portions of the sacrificial animal to the Immortal being honored by the sacrifice. In a vain attempt to deceive Zeus, Prometheus wrapped fat and bone in such a way that they appeared to be a traditional sacrifice.

Zeus recognized the deception and with infinite patience accepted the sacrifice. He went on to say that from that time on, all sacrifices would be presented in the same manner. Prometheus misinterpreted Zeus's forbearance and thought that further disrespect would be treated with the same good natured indulgence.

Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to the men on the earth. It is difficult to know whether Prometheus was trying to test Zeus's authority or if he was simply trying to help the pitiable mortals of the earth Zeus instructed Hephaistos to chain Prometheus to the Caucasus Mountains where he was to remain for thirteen generations of mortal men.

To further the punishment, Zeus sent one of his eagles to eat at Prometheus's liver The revenge Zeus directed towards Prometheus was not limited to having the Rebel-God shackled to the mountain. Zeus proclaimed that in exchange for the fire that had been so cunningly stolen, he would send an evil thing to the men of the earth that they would welcome even though it would ensure their own destruction. Zeus envisioned this evil thing for the men of the earth as a woman Athene was instructed to teach Pandora needlework and the loom Aphrodite was instructed to shed grace upon Pandora's head as well as cruel longing and cares that would weary her limbs.

Zeus instructed his son Hermes to give Pandora a shameless mind with a deceitful nature. Zeus sent Hermes to Prometheus's brother Epimetheus Pandora was presented to Epimetheus as a divine gift. Epimetheus had been warned by Prometheus never to accept gifts from the Olympians, especially Zeus, but when Epimetheus saw Pandora he was rendered helpless When Epimetheus embraced Pandora, evil and despair entered the world After Pandora was emptied of her curse, only Hope remained As time passed, the population of the earth increased From that remote time until several generations before the Trojan War, the humans mated only with humans and the Immortals mated only with other Immortals.

All that changed when the gods, male and female, began to mate with the humans and have children. This new hybrid race was known as demigods. The Age of Heroes had begun. The Age of Heroes was dominated by the semi-divine progeny of the Immortals The reign of the demigods became such a burden to the Immortals that a drastic and bloody solution had to be initiated The Age of Heroes was drawing to an end and Zeus, like many of the other Immortals, wanted to be rid of the children they had sired with mortals.

Zeus Family Tree

When Zeus saw the quality and superiority of demigods like Herakles, Helen and Achilles, he knew that future generations of demigods would be inferior. The Trojan War was considered to be an expedient way to kill a good number of the inferior demigods. With the deaths of the demigods, the Age of Heroes would be over and the Age of Iron could begin.

Of all the contributing factors that led to the Trojan War, the most significant has been called The Judgment of Paris. Alexandros, was a Prince of Troy and because of Zeus, became embroiled in a dispute between three very formidable goddesses. The Nereid Thetis shunned the romantic advances of Zeus so he punished her by making her marry a mortal man named Peleus. The goddess Hera wanted to honor Thetis because she was one of the few goddesses who had evaded the love of Zeus Hera arranged for all the notable Immortals to attend the wedding of Thetis and Peleus.

Eris, the goddess of discord and strife, made a special appearance at the wedding It became obvious that the situation was not going to resolve itself because the goddesses were not going to agree to any sort of compromise.

Zeus sent for Prince Paris and insisted that he make the decision as to which of the goddesses deserved the golden apple. Paris could not have known that no matter which goddess he chose, the result would be the death of his family and the complete destruction of Troy. Aphrodite contrived a way to make Paris choose her as the most beautiful goddess There was no prize or reward that Hera or Athene could have offered which would have been more tempting to Paris because Helen was the daughter of Zeus.

Helen's mother Leda was the wife King Tyndareus of Sparta and although Tyndareus knew that he was not Helen's father, he raised her as his own. When Helen was old enough to marry, Tyndareus's household was besieged with anxious young men from every part of Greece.

Tyndareus quickly realized that no matter which man he chose to be Helen's husband, she was so irresistible that she would always be in danger of being kidnapped.

Tyndareus very wisely made all the suitors swear a solemn and scared oath that they would come to Helen's rescue if she was ever taken from her chosen husband.

All the young heroes and princes who wooed Helen took the oath without realizing that they would soon be called upon to fight and die at Troy for Helen's sake. The former suitors of Helen were called upon to fulfill their oaths With Hera, Athene, Poseidon on the side of the Achaeans, i.

After Aphrodite and Ares were wounded defending the Trojans, Zeus ordered all Immortals to stay out of the fighting. He went to Mount Ida and directed the combat so as to give glory to the beloved Trojan commander, Hektor.

There were many sons of the Immortals in the battle for Troy Zeus let his son Sarpedon die on the battlefield Aphrodite was wounded protecting her son Aineias Ares's son Askalaphos was killed, but Achilles, the son of the goddess Thetis, was to be the grand sacrifice.

At one point, the war was going so badly for the Achaeans that Hera could not contain her eagerness to help. Under false pretenses, she received glamour and love charms from Aphrodite and with the help of Hypnos [Sleep], seduced Zeus on the peaks on Mount Ida. When Zeus saw her coming to the mountaintop, he was so overwhelmed with desire that he praised her beauty and then went on to tell her that she was more beautiful than the wife of Ixion, who bore him Peirithoos; and sweet Danae who bore him Perseus; and Europa who bore him Minos and Rhadamanthys; or Semele who bore him Dionysos; or Alkmene who bore him Herakles; or Demeter who bore him Persephone; or glorious Leto, the mother of Apollon and Artemis Just as Hera planned, while Zeus slept after the love making, Poseidon secretly entered the battle on the side of the Achaeans.

Poseidon was bellowing and shrieking from the battlefield and the mighty sound awakened Zeus from his slumber. Wind-Footed Iris was sent to warn Poseidon of his folly and command him to withdraw. Zeus sent Apollon to revive Prince Hektor who had been severely wounded. Zeus then ordered Apollon to charge against the Achaean defenses and push them back to their beached ships After Zeus was satisfied that he was again fully in charge, he ordered all the Immortals to assemble on Mount Olympos.

He told them to choose sides and enter the battle as they saw fit. The ten-year war was nearly at an end. During the course of the war, many of the demigods were killed A few demigods survived but they too were doomed.

The most remarkable demigod to survive the Trojan War was Aphrodite's son, Aineias As the Greeks were killing the Trojan men, they found Aineias carrying his elderly father Anchises to safety.

The Greeks were moved by Aineias's devotion to his father and spared his life Aineias again impressed the Greeks when he took only religious items and no treasure. Aineias fled to Italy where he died and his descendants are purported to have founded the Roman Empire. The Trojan War was the final glory of the demigods We are still in the Age of Iron and must resign ourselves to the fact that there is absolutely nothing we can do to alter our fate We are doomed to never rest from our daily toils or from dying by night.

The Immortals will lay sore troubles on us but there will be good mingled with the evil we must endure. Zeus will finally destroy our mortal race when children are born with gray hair. There will be unmistakable signs that the Age of Iron is nearing it doom.

Parents and children will cease to agree with one another Men will dishonor their parents with harsh words and refuse to repay the debt of their nurture The ills of the Age of Iron will finally manifest in false oaths Aidos [Shame] and Nemesis [Divine Retribution] will flee the earth and leave us to wallow in our bitter sorrows with no protection against an all consuming evil. Tantalos was a son of Zeus who received great honors from the Immortals but his complete lack of restraint earned him a special punishment in the House of Hades.

Tantalos either tried to steal the food of the Immortals or he killed his son Pelops and served the flesh to the Olympians. Another version of his punishment is given in the fragmentary remains of The Returns where he was permitted to live with the Immortals and allowed to ask for anything he desired.

His pleasures were so self-indulgent that Zeus surrounded him with earthly pleasures and placed a giant stone over his head to prevent him from enjoying them. He was placed in a pool of water from which he could never drink and under a fruit tree from which he could never eat. Ixion Ixion was a king of Thessaly who became the object of divine forgiveness and punishment. Ixion arranged to have his father-in-law fall into a pit of burning coals rather than give over the dowry for his daughter, Dia.

Zeus forgave Ixion for this outrageous act but the ungrateful Ixion tried to seduce the goddess Hera. Zeus formed a counterfeit Hera from a cloud and named her Nephele.

Ixion did not perceive the deception and showered his affections on Nephele thinking that he had seduced the real Hera. Ixion and Nephele had a son named Kentauros who became the progenitor of the Centaurs when he mated with the Magnesian mares. The Centaurs are a race of creatures with the body of a horse and the torso of a human.

gaia and zeus relationship with mortals

Zeus then condemned Ixion to spend eternity on a revolving wheel in the House of Hades. The above image shows the defiant Ixion being attacked by snakes and fastened to the revolving wheel in the House of Hades.

The woman being carried away might be Dia. Orion There is a curious story about the birth of Orion that involves Zeus. Zeus, Poseidon and Hermes visited a man named Hyrieus at the city of Thebes. The hide was removed and the bull was cut into portions for the sacrifice.

After the sacrifice was complete, Zeus, Poseidon and Hermes urinated on the bull hide and buried it. From that hide, Orion was born. Orion became known as The Hunter Keyx and Alkyone Keyx and his wife Alkyone trivialized Zeus's dignity and suffered a cruel fate. Keyx was the son of Eophorus, the morning star Alkyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the eponymous founder of the Aeolian nation. Their noble heritage could not protect the presumptuous couple when Keyx began calling Alkyone Hera and she jokingly called him Zeus Zeus saw this arrogance from atop Mount Olympos and in a fit of anger, turned them both into birds.

Baukis and Philemon As is the custom of the Immortals, Zeus and Hermes were wandering the countryside disguised as mortals to observe and test the devotion of their subjects. When they came upon the humble abode of Baukis and her husband Philemon, the two gods were welcomed with sincere friendliness.

Zeus noted the kindness of Baukis and Philemon and kept an eye on them from Mount Olympos. When a flood threatened to wash away their home and kill Baukis and Philemon, they were transformed into trees to spare their lives and reward them for their hospitality. Zeus's first wife Themis made the aegis for him but presented it to the war-like goddess Athene when she was born fully attired in war-gear.

The aegis had the severed head of the snake-headed Medusa as the dominate image Medusa's head was surrounded by scenes of warfare and carnage. The intended effect was to strike fear and panic into any foe. The term Aegis has a double meaning in relation to Zeus. The Oak Tree It should be no surprise that the most majestic of trees would be the symbol of Zeus.

The most sacred oracular shrine for Zeus was located at Dodona in Epirus. The site of the shrine was established by Zeus because he loved Dodona and appointed it to be his oracle. Two Egyptian priestesses of Ammon [an Egyptian name for Zeus] turned themselves into doves to escape slavery The dove-priestess of Dodona settled in the hollow of an oak tree and began giving prophecy with a human voice to those who brought appropriate gifts. Another form of oak-prophecy at Dodona was conducted by the priests known as Selloi The Quest for the Golden Fleece involved the protection of Zeus by the incorporation of oak wood in the ship the Argonauts used.

Knowing that the Argonauts were facing an arduous journey, the goddess Athene cut an oak from Mount Pelion and gave it to the shipwright Argos, who used the sacred wood for the keel of the ship. The Argonauts also encountered a man named Paraebios who was punished because his father had chopped down an oak tree. When Paraebios's father was preparing to chop down the tree, the tree's Hamadryad Nymph, who shared the life of the tree, begged him to spare her tree.

Paraebios's father chopped the oak tree down and the Nymph punished him and his son, Paraebios. The curse was finally lifted when Paraebios built an altar and prayed to have the sins of his father forgiven. In a bit of double-symbolism, Athene and Apollon transformed themselves into vultures and perched in an oak tree to watch the fighting during the Trojan War.

They became vultures to imply their blood-lust and they sat in an oak tree to demonstrate their authority as children of Zeus.

The Eagle The eagle is Zeus's bird Used as a symbol or a messenger, the eagle does the will of Zeus. The eagle can be found in several accounts where Zeus made his will known by sending the noble bird as his representative.

The following examples illustrate that point: Prometheus When Prometheus had to be punished for defying Zeus, an eagle was sent to torment the Rebel-God. Zeus had Prometheus chained to the Caucasus Mountains and then sent an eagle to tear at Prometheus's liver This went on for thirteen generations of mortal men.

Finally, Herakles, as the son of Zeus, was permitted to kill the eagle and free Prometheus from his bonds. Ganymedes A less gruesome example of an eagle serving Zeus was when Zeus saw an attractive young man named Ganymedes and decided to take him to Mount Olympos to serve as a cupbearer. Ganymedes was a son of King Tros of Troy who was the great-grandson of Zeus. Zeus sent an eagle to snatch Ganymedes from his home and transport him to Mount Olympos where Zeus made him immortal.

The Trojan War spawned many heroes but second only to Achilles, Aias was the most feared man in the Achaean army. Before Aias was born, Herakles was a guest of Telamon and prayed aloud that Telamon would have a manly son. Zeus heard the prayer and sent an omen in the form of an eagle to signify his blessing. Telemachos There were several eagle-signs from Zeus while Penelope and Telemachos were anxiously waiting for Odysseus to return from the Trojan War.

Telemachos called an assembly of the men of Ithaka to tell them that he was going to travel to Pylos and Sparta to seek word of his long overdue father.

Above the heads of the assembled men, two eagles began to fight. A seer in the crowd correctly pronounced that the eagles were a sign from Zeus indicating that Odysseus would return to Ithaka and kill the suitors who had invaded Odysseus's palace, trying to force Penelope to declare Odysseus dead and agree to marry one of them. They were unable to help Telemachos in any direct way but as Telemachos was leaving, he and Helen observed an eagle attack a goose.

Helen knew that it was an omen from her father Zeus that was intended for Telemachos. She told him that it was a prophecy indicating that Odysseus would eventually return to his home and family. The prophecy was correct. Thunder and Thunderbolts Zeus announces his presence with claps of thunder and smites his enemies with the thunderbolt. There are three Cyclopes who give Zeus thunder and make the thunderbolts for him. The thunder and lightning are carried to Zeus on Mount Olympos by the flying horse, Pegasos.

The following examples are a sampling of the unfortunate individuals who were struck by Zeus's thunderbolts. Eetion Eetion was one of the sons of Zeus and Elektra. He became enchanted with the goddess Demeter and suffered the wrath of Zeus for his disrespect.

Zeus laid him low with a flaming thunderbolt. Asklepios Asklepios was the son of Apollon and Koronis. As the son of a god, Asklepios had insights and talents regarding medicine that were novel as well as effective.