26. Zeus

Cronus sired several children Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon by Rhea, but swallowed them all as soon as they were born.

He had learned that he was destined to be overcome by his own son the way he had overthrown his own father—an oracle that Zeus was to hear and avert.

When Zeus was about to be born, Rhea sought Gaia to devise a plan to save him, so that Cronus would get his retribution for his acts against his own children.

Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Cronus a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he promptly swallowed. After reaching manhood, Zeus forced Cronus to disgorge first the stone and then his siblings in reverse order of swallowing.

Then Zeus released the brothers of Cronus, the from their dungeon killing their guard.
As a token of their appreciation, Zeus received the thunder and the thunderbolt.

Together, Zeus and his brothers and sisters, along with the brothers of Cronus, overthrew Cronus and the other Titans, in the combat.

The defeated Titans were then cast into a shadowy underworld region known as Tartarus. Atlas, one of the titans that fought against Zeus, was punished by having to hold up the sky.

After the battle with the Titans, Zeus shared the world with his elder brothers by drawing lots. Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon the waters, and Hades the world of the dead (the underworld).

The ancient Earth could not be claimed. She was left to all the three brothers – each according to their capabilities.
This explains why Poseidon was the “earth-shaker” (the god of earthquakes) and Hades claimed the humans that died.

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