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Statue of young Zeus in Zeus Ephesos in Megaris

Zeus was an Isu, the "golden child atop Mount Olympos". He was the younger brother of Hades and Poseidon who despised him to such an extent that he was a figure of Atlantean myth.[1]

In human mythology, Zeus was revered as the Greek god of the sky, thunder and lightning, as well as the king of the gods. He was the youngest brother of Hades and Poseidon, Demeter and Hera, as well as the latter's husband.


During the Isu Era, Zeus was considered the "golden child" amongst his siblings and resided on Mount Olympos. He shared a hostile relationship with his older brothers Hades and Poseidon, who ruled the realms of the Underworld and Atlantis respectively.[1]

According to one Atlantean myth, a matter which led Zeus to personally visit Atlantis and reprimand Poseidon enraged the Trident King so much that he destroyed the very cycle in which the meeting had occurred and any further mentions of his sibling was considered taboo.[1]

Legacy and influence


In time, Zeus, like many of his fellow Isu, was upheld by humanity as a god. In Greek mythology, Zeus was born as the youngest son of the Titan Kronos and his wife Rhea. In fear of a prophecy foretelling his overthrow by his child, Kronos devoured all of his children, save for Zeus, who was hidden by Rhea.[2]

In time, Zeus fulfilled the prophecy and cast Kronos out, creating a new world order with his siblings and other gods, settling on Mount Olympus with eleven other mightiest deities.[2]

Zeus is infamous for his various relationships with multiple individuals, divine and mortal alike. Via these unions, Zeus is considered to have fathered multiple heroes of Greek mythology, including Herakles, Perseus and Polydeukes as well as Greek deities, including Persephone, Dionysos, Charites, Ares, Eris, Hebe, Hephaistos, Pan, Apollo and Artemis.[2]

According to one story, Zeus united the 'Great Twins', Castor and Pollux, in immortality by turning them into the constellation Gemini, via which they later came to signify the astrological sign Gemini.[3]

In the myths Hephaistos was credited also as the acting midwife for Zeus when it had come the time for Athena to be born. With a labrys, Hephaistos cleaved Zeus' head open to free the goddess.[4]



The banner of Elis featuring the stylized lightning bolt

Zeus' main emblem was lightning bolt, and in the 5th century BCE, a stylized version of it graced the banner of Elis as well as the drachmae. The god was also associated with the eagle, often standing for the god himself, or perched near him.[2]


During the 5th century BCE, multiple locations related to the stories told of Zeus' life were named after him throughout the Peloponnese and the Aegean Sea.[2]

Several statues of him also graced locations like Mount Ainos on the island of Kephallonia, though most notable among them was the statue made by the Athenian sculptor Phidias in Temple of Zeus within the Sanctuary of Olympia in Elis. The Spartan misthios Kassandra visited a number of them over the course of her journeys.[2]

Behind the scenes

Jupiter, another Isu, was Zeus' equivalent in Roman mythology. Whether or not they are the same individual is unclear as Assassin's Creed: Odyssey mentions Isu having multiple names as well as separately commenting on Greek mythology's usage of the same name for different individuals.

The statue of Zeus used in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey within Zeus Ephesos in Megaris and the Temple of Dionysos Kolonatas in Sparta seems to be based on the statue known as Zeus of Ugento, a 6th century bronze statue found in Ugento, Italy.




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