Father Zeus


Dyēus Pater, Iou Pater
Zeus, Shining Sky Father: Iupiter.
Kronos child, Saturn son,
Faithless Hera husband.
Grandson of Gē Mater, Earth Mother Gaia.
Brother-lover of Dē Mater, Earth Mother Demeter,
Who bore Persephone, Grain Goddess, Underworld Queen,
Kidnapped by Zeus-Brother Dis Pater, Rich Father Hades.

Mother and son plot against husband and father,
Justice for siblings, sons and daughters,
Cyclical family history repeating.

Siblings vomited up from poisoned pater’s belly,
Monstrous uncles freed from grandma Gaia’s womb.
A revolution started with Cyclops forged thunder,
Hundred handed boulder hurlers,
Invisible helmets and earthquake tridents.

Siege of Mount Othrys end with Titans exiled to Tartarus,
And a new golden throne on Mount Olympus.


Pronunciation Key:
Dyēus Pater = Day-yoose Pa-tare
Iou Pater = You Pa-tare
Zeus = Zoose
Iupiter. = You-pit-er (aka Jupiter)
Gē Mater = Gee Ma-tare
Gaia. = Guy-ya
Dē Mater = Dee Ma-tare
Demeter, = Duh-meter
Persephone = Per-sef-o-knee
Dis Pater = Dis Pa-tare
Hades = Hay-dees.

Image:  Zeus with a laurel crown. Gold stater from Lampsacus, Mysia (ca. 360–340 BC), obverse. From WikiMedia Commons.