Saturday, 18 October 2008

Zeus and Hera

Zeus controlled his quarrelsome family on Mount Olympus only with the threat of his thunderbolt. When his mother Rhea, foreseeing what trouble his lust would cause, forbade him to marry, he violated her. He fathered the Seasons and the three Fates on Themis; the Charites on Eurynome; the Muses on Mnemosyne; and some say Persephone, the Queen of the Underwolrd, on the nymph Styx.

Vexed by his infidelities, Hera often humiliated Zeus. At one point his pride and petulance became so intolerable that Hera, Poseidon, Apollo and the other Olympians except Hestia tied him up with rawhide thongs while he was asleep. The Nereid Thetis, foreseeing civil war over his succession, fetched the hundred-handed Briareus, who swiftly untied all the thongs.

As the leader of the conspiracy, Zeus hung Hera up from the sky by golden bracelets anround her wrists and an anvil fastened to either ankle. Only when the other deities swore never more to rebel did he release her.Poseidon and Apollo were sent as bond-servants to King Laomedon, for whom they built the city of Troy.


Robert Graves, The Greek Myths. Complete Edition.

2 comments:

Father Tony of the Farmboyz said...

When last I checked, Zeus and Mnemosyne had nine muses.

SubtleKnife said...

Thanks!. Probably a mistake following the three Fates. I summarised these on the train to and from work some time ago. Stupid of me not to catch that in typing it up, though.