His mother, Rhea, is a queen of the gods (1), and his father is (2) her divine husband Cronus. As Titans, Rhea and Cronus are sister and brother (3). At birth Cronus attempts to swallow Zeus (6) who is spirited away by Rhea (7) and raised on the island of Crete by the curetes (8). We are told nothing of his childhood (9), but n reaching maturity Zeus returns (10) and overthrows his father Cronus  (11). He then marries his sister Hera (12) and becomes king of the gods (13). For a time he reigns uneventfully (14) and prescribes laws (15) and (22) he was worshipped in temples.

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