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Contains stories from the world of ancient Greece. The selections include 'The Stories of Theseus and Pandora.'.
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Hera Now, these gods reigned for some three thousand years. There were many of them, but twelve chief ones. Zeus married his sister Hera--a family habit.

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They were always quarreling. He angered her by his infidelities; she enraged him with her suspicions. She was the queen of intriguers and always found it easy to outwit Zeus, who was busy with many things. Once she persuaded the other gods into a plot against him. She drugged his drink; they surrounded him as he slept and bound him with rawhide thongs. He raged and roared and swore to destroy them, but they had stolen his thunderbolt, and he could not break the thongs. But his faithful cousin, the Hundred-handed Briareus, who had helped him against the Titans, was working as his gardener.

He heard the quarreling under the palace window, looked in, and saw his master bound to the couch.

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He reached through with his hundred long arms and unbound the hundred knots. Zeus jumped from the couch and seized his thunderbolt. The terrified plotters fell to their knees, weeping and pleading. He seized Hera and hung her in the sky, binding her with golden chains. And the others did not dare to rescue her, although her voice was like the wind sobbing.

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But her weeping kept Zeus awake. In the morning he said he would free her if she swore never to rebel again. She promised, and Zeus promised to mend his ways too. But they kept watching each other. Zeus was king of the gods, lord of the sky. His sister Demeter was the earth-goddess, lady of growing things.

His sister Hera, queen of the gods, was also his wife. His brother Poseidon was god of the sea. His other brother, Hades, ruled a dark domain, the underworld, the land beyond death. The other gods in the Pantheon were Zeus''s children; three of them were also Hera''s. These were Ares, the god of war; Hephaestus, the smith-god, forger of weapons; and Eris, goddess of discord, who shrieks beside Ares in his battle chariot. The rest of Zeus''s children were born out of wedlock. Three of them entered the Pantheon. The first was Athene, and the story of how she was born is told in the next chapter.

Athene Zeus was strolling on Olympus one morning and noticed a new maiden walking in his garden. She was Metis, a Titaness, daughter of one of his old enemies. But the war was long ago, and she was beautiful. He charged down the slope after her. She turned into a hawk and flew away.

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He turned into a hawk and flew after her. She flew over the lake and dived in and became a fish. He became a fish and swam after her. She climbed on the bank and became a serpent and wriggled away. He changed himself into a serpent and wriggled after her and caught her. And the two serpents plaited themselves into beautiful loops. After he left her, he heard a bird cry and a fish leap, and those wild sounds combined to become a prophecy, which the rattling leaves echoed: "Oh, Zeus, Metis will bear a child, a girl child.

But if she bears again, it will be a son who will depose you as you deposed Cronos. This time she did not flee. He spoke softly to her and smiled. She came to him.

Turn to this alphabetic encyclopedia, with more than entries detailing all the major and minor characters, events, and settings of Greek mythology, from an introduction to the nymph Acantha to a succinct characterization of Zeus, the all-powerful ruler of the gods. This comprehensive guide brings Greek mythology to life, and includes a helpful pronunciation key.

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Evslin died in Kauai, Hawaii, at the age of seventy-seven. Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths. The earth breeds giants and ogres of indescribable horror -- the heavens hold omnipotent gods and goddesses, abounding in courage, strength and wisdom. Zeus, the almighty king of the gods, who cannot resist feminine beauty -- mortal or divine, and his jealous and vengeful wife, Hera. Perseus, fearless mortal warrior, who takes on an impossible challenge: slaying the monstrous Medusa, whose glance turns men to stone.


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