Today’s Haiku prompt at Carpe Diem is Thunderstorm.
Zeus is the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea and he was the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and of the Pantheon of gods who resided there. Being the supreme ruler he upheld law, justice and morals, and this made him the spiritual leader of both gods and men. Zeus was a celestial god, and originally worshiped as a weather god by the Greek tribes as his main attribute is the thunderbolt; he controlled thunder, lightning and rain.
Theocritus wrote circa 265 BCE: “sometimes Zeus is clear, sometimes he rains”.
The mythical Mount Olympus in northern Greece. View from the town of Litochoro, in the roots of Olympus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He is also known to have caused thunderstorms. In Homer’s epic poem the Iliad he sent thunderstorms against his enemies. His other attributes as well as lightning were the scepter, the eagle and his aegis (this was the goat-skin of Amaltheia). (Source: Encyclopaedia Mythica http://www.pantheon.org/articles/z/zeus.html)
Gods of the Pantheon
Hold court in furious splendour
And Zeus reigns supreme
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