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(Ζεύς/Zeús, genitive Διός/Diós).

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I. Name and identity Chief Greek god of the heavens

As the chief Greek god of the heavens, patriarchal 'father of gods and men' (Hom. Il. 1,544) and the embodiment of rule, justice and omnipotence, Z. stands at the head of the Olympian family of gods (Twelve (Olympian) gods). His symbols include the eagle, bundle of lightning or thunderbolt and …

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Henrichs, Albert (Cambridge, MA) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Zeus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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