However, as the classical period progressed, it became fashionable to depict Zeus seated on a throne, holding a sceptre, often accompanied by the goddess Nike, thus symbolising his role as king and patriarch of the gods (see figure 2).
He is the god of hospitality and justice known for his courage and fairness to the people; he saved his brothers and sisters from the depths of their evil, selfish father; and he is the “father of gods and men.” While it is true that these are incredible deeds worthy of honor, it is important to note that Zeus was not always portrayed as the good guy by ancient writers.
The Greeks defeated the Persians in the Persian Wars due to heroic actions performed by Athens and Sparta and occasional assistance from the gods, but cowardice shown by other poleis nearly ended the Greeks’ chances of success....
In Greek life, the gods were the glue of the society, suppressing the selfish personalities common to Greece and pushing the society to work together as a cohesive unit....
He never said anything like that again.” ("What is the personality of the Greek goddess Artemis?") For Artemis’s third birthday, she had asked her father Zeus for six wishes.
She was celebrated more than any other God in ancient mythology, was the supposed inventor of countless innovations, and her figure gave reason for Greek woman to gain rights long before others of their time.
In the book of collected Greek tales, " Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes", by Edith Hamilton, women take up important roles that shape each story.
Regardless of one's actions, intentions, and thoughts, the gods in Greek myth have ultimate power and the final decision of justice over nature, mortals, and even each other....
The piece of “head of Poseidon” from MFAH (Museum of Fine Art Houston) itself is an Olympian god of the sea known as (Greek mythology) that Greek believed in the power of gods and goddesses as part of the role and purpose of it created.
Having established himself king of the gods, Zeus made his sister Hera his wife and queen (and it is most probably because of this union that Hera is known as the goddess of marriage).
These women and children Hera was able to persecute, however, when Zeus chose to lay with a goddess her ability to punish was limited, and Zeus chose to lay with a goddess reasonably often.
Although, as the major god of the Greek pantheon, Zeus had cult sites all over Greece, his largest and most famous panhellenic precinct was at Olympia.
Hornblower states that the priests of the oracle would interpret messages given by the god, in the forms of the flight paths of birds in and around the holy oak trees, divination by drawing lots (cleromancy), by the sounds of a gong and/or the song of nearby birds.
As mentioned above, Zeus was traditionally represented as a fully grown man.
Religion expressed this variety, as a matter of private cults, village rituals and city festivals dedicated to numerous divine entities. This meant that there was no such thing as religious orthodoxy. The closest the Greeks got to a unifying sacred text were Homer’s epics, which offered no coherent moral vision of the gods, and indeed often portrayed them as immoral.