[Zeus] – Vartan Ghazarian

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Statue of Zeus God with growing flowers on beard. Muscle shoulders with proud glance on point side.

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Dimensions:30 × 3 × 40 cm

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Zeus and Poseidon were brothers in Greek mythology, but at a glance you might think they were almost the same. Read on to learn about how alike the two gods were and why the similarities might be due to more than just kinship.

 

When the Titans were defeated the gods of Olympus split power between themselves. Zeus became their king and took the sky, while his brother Poseidon was given dominion over the sea.

In some myths Zeus uses his authority as king to command his brother, but in others they seem to be of similar importance. In fact, some myths seem to even show Poseidon as a more king-like figure.

In both legends and art the brothers were very similar. This could be due to the conventions of portraying gods, but other Olympians have far more varied personalities.

These similarities, along with a few key details in mythology, show that Zeus and Poseidon were probably not originally thought of as brothers. They didn’t even initially belong to the same culture.

How did two kings of the gods come to split power? Keep reading to find out!

Zeus and Poseidon as Brothers

In Greek mythology, Zeus and Poseidon were two of the ruling brothers of the pantheon along with the third brother, Hades.

According to the myths, Zeus was the king and the three divided power between the realms. Zeus had the sky, Poseidon had the sea, and Hades had the underworld.

Gaia could not be given to any single god and be ruled over, so the brothers divided the earth between them. Hades, however, rarely came to the surface so Zeus and Poseidon were most active on land.

While the brothers ruled over their individual realms, Zeus was the ultimate authority in the affairs of the gods. While Poseidon ruled the seas, he still had to defer to his brother’s authority.

This happened often as the two brothers often butted heads. Both were known for their tempers and ability to hold a grudge.

When angered by Odysseus, for example, Poseidon’s fury resulted in the sailor spending ten years on his journey home. The ruler of the sea only relented when ordered to do so by Zeus.

Both Zeus and Poseidon were gods who commanded respect and even fear more than love. They showed exceptional favor to few but their anger could be quick and relentless.

Another thing both gods had in common was that the few people they showed favor to were most often their many mistresses and children. While Zeus’s affairs were more numerous and famous, Poseidon too was the father of many legendary rulers, heroes, and minor gods.

The similarities between Poseidon and Zeus extended to the ways in which they were depicted.

Greek gods and goddesses were often portrayed in idealized and somewhat standardized forms. With a few exceptions, they were most identifiable by their symbols and attributes.

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Weight3 kg
Dimensions30 × 3 × 40 cm
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