Zeus–god of the Olympics and Supreme Ruler of Mt Olympus

Zeus – Supreme god and ruler – Mount Olympus

Zeus - Supreme god


Zeus was all-powerful, magnificent, awe-inspiring and knowledgeable – the sovereign god and ruler of the gods on Mt Olympus in Thessaly. His image was a common sight on Greek coins and he was known by many titles: Lord of the Sky, the Cloud- gatherer, the Rain-god and Zeus the Thunderer, These titles expressed very clearly how high in esteem and power Zeus was held the Ancient Greeks;

Rain, a rarity in a climate as hot and dry as that of Greece was considered to be the most important force of nature in the Ancient World. A life-giving force. This in sharp contrast to the more usual all-powerful sun-gods of other mythologies.

Zeus and wife Hera and Eagle Zeus did however, as regarded his love life, i.e. his affairs, display a surprising lack of common sense and ability to stay out of trouble and proved this whilst indulging in his unfaithfulness to his wife.

Zeus was also the ‘guardian of political order and peace.’ His breastplate, bearing the head of a Gorgon – so glorious and at the same time awful to behold that no human could see Zeus in all his magnificence and survive. His weapon, the thunderbolt which had been designed by three Cyclopes, he could hurl with deadly intent and accuracy. The Eagle was his bird and his oracle, Dodona. The Oak was his tree and his priests were made aware of his will by the rustling of its leaves.

Zeus_god of thunder    zeus-eagles

Once every four years the Olympians held a festival including games to honour their god. Today nations still meet for the Olympic Games but not to honour Zeus. The ability of the athletes themselves are considered and rewarded.

Olympics – Ancient Greece to London 2012

The Olympics, held every four years during the midsummer full moon- an intentional choice of timing allowing the games to continue through the night, began as a festival to honour Zeus in Ancient Greece. They were designed to encourage “the development of body, mind, and spirit.”

Olympic Rings Now, more than 2,700 years after the original Ancient Olympics, London, which did not even exist at that time, and now the capital city of around 8 million people, is in the ultimate point of preparing to host the 2012 Olympic Games. On 27 July, in the traditional opening ceremony athletes from around the world will march into the newly built London Olympic Stadium and the lighting of the Olympic flame will occur, to burn for the duration of the Games.

The Olympic Flame was first introduced at the 1928 Olympic Games, the torch relay at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

2012 torch lighting at site of anc olym Today the most iconic of the Olympic symbols – the Olympic Flame, which is lit from a flame from the sun during a ceremony in Athens, is then carried in a torch relay to the host city in time for the main opening ceremony. On arriving at the main stadium arena the Olympic torch is then used to light the flame. Athletes parade behind their national flags, the releasing of doves symbolise peace.

The Olympic Oath

The first official ceremony of the Ancient Olympic Games was the taking of the oaths at the opening of the Games. It was conducted in front of a statue of Zeus of the Oaths (Zeus Horkios) and accompanied by a sacrifice. The athletes and trainers had to swear that they had studiously trained for 10 months and that they were willing to obey the Games rules.

At today’s Olympic opening ceremony one Olympic athlete from the host country, holds one corner of the Olympic flag, taking, on behalf of every athlete competing, the Olympic oath:

Olympics-2012-Stadium-Design“In the name of all the competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.”

The original oath was taken for the first time in Belgium at the Antwerp Games in 1920. The reference to drugs was an additional inclusion in 2000.

The Olympic Creed

Judges and officials in Ancient Greek Olympics – The Hellanodikes, also took an oath to judge fairly and in a fashion that was not biased. Today a host country judge formally repeats the Olympic creed, from the scoreboard display during the Opening Ceremony. First used for the Olympic Athletes at a 1908 London Games service, this creed was introduced at Munich’s Olympic Games in 1972:

“The most important thing in the Olympic games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”

The Olympics have survived terrorism, embargoes and an increase in drug use yet nations continue despite all the problems that have occurred, to bid for the honour of acting as ‘host to the world.’

48 thoughts on “Zeus–god of the Olympics and Supreme Ruler of Mt Olympus

  1. In an ironic kinda way, the story of Zeus reminds me of the Olympic games. A powerful leader with a penchant for trouble. That describes the Olympic committee pretty well, wouldn’t you say?

    1. Lol 🙂 Nothing unusual there, there was plenty of trouble in Ancient times too 😉 For example the guy who was still put through as a winner despite falling off his chariot half way through the chariot race lol just because he was an important and influential figure!

  2. Hej Wolfie..
    Ja jag hoppas också att jag får en normal vecka..
    Förra veckan ska jag stoppa in i en låda låsa den kasta nyckeln i sjön sen är den borta lol..
    Stor kram till dig min härliga fina vargvän..//Nicki

    1. Hej min kära vän Nicki!
      Hur mycket olyckligt! Jag hoppas att ni hade en extra nyckel? 😀
      Jag lämnade en hel del arbete nycklar och min identitet emblem hemma idag
      Jag har inte kasta dem i en sjö 🙂 men jag nästan låste mig ut för dagen!
      Jag hoppas att du är vid god hälsa nu 🙂 Till skillnad från Wolfie som verkar vara förkylda;)
      stor varg kram … Wolfie 🙂

  3. Wolfie you are a mind of information. Wonderful post. I loved the history lesson and learnt more indepth knowledge to the Olympics. I knew about Zeus but not to that extent.
    And the photo graphics you found so complimented your post.
    I have no shifts booked in for work on the opening ceremony day so on that day I WILL be glued to my TV screen for once.
    Thank you for this wonderful posting Wolfie. Hugs and hope you keeping your paws dry where you are???
    Love to you – Sue xxx

    1. Zeus was a very naughty god!! He had a terrible reputation with women!! Seems same could be said of certain olympic athletes who shall remain nameless lol 😉 I have to work on the day of the opening ceremony but I will be glued to my mobile phone, should be able to get footage from there one way or another. I’d like to see that part, I think of it as walking in the steps of the Ancient Greeks 🙂 Wolfie paws are dry so far, but a Wolfie cold may be on it’s way in I suspect! Hope you’re not flooded out! Wolfie hugs 🙂 xx

  4. Thank you, I learnt some new things about the Olympics. It’s a wonder a few of the athletes don’t get struck by a thunderbolt when the oath is taken – no drugs!

    1. I wonder how many athletes would be left! lol But how wonderfully exciting Clowie! Imagine that at the opening ceremony 😀 The media would have a field day lol 🙂 I think you should visit Europa on 27 July, and join me hurling thunderbolts at Earth for London 2012 opening ceremony oath time!! It would be a howl!! 😀

      1. It would be fun! I think it makes so much sense to weed them out before they get medals, rather than afterwards. I’m looking forward to the opening ceremony now.

      2. Me too Clowie! I am very wolfishly excited about this noble plan! We deserve medals ourselves if such a great feat is accomplished and the scoundrels weeded nicely out of the way! Before rather than after would certainly make a welcome change…maybe we could extend the idea to all this country’s benefit cheats too 🙂 I can hardly wait for the opening ceremony now!! It will be the best one yet…a thundering good time 😉

      3. We would deserve medals, but I wonder if we could trade them for chicken?! I’m going to get some practice hurling thunderbolts – this is going to be brilliant!

      4. I reckon if we extended our thunderbolt hurling to the bankers and the politicians we’d be onto a winner and we’d get medals AND chicken! And BOAR too! Maybe even sausage and bacon!! Oh…and CHEESE! Lovely, glorious cheeeeeese 😉 HooOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWwwwwwwwLLLLLLLLLLLLL! I can’t wait for this hurling of the thunderbolts 🙂 There are so many bipeds on Earth so very deserving of this wonderful treatment!!

  5. Interesting and enjoyable post, Wolfie, again you are a mine of information, and enjoyment.

    1. Well, hopefully it will be peaceful lol…don’t think the residents of the flats the ground to air missiles will be sitting on top of will be overly impressed if end up in the firing line of a non-peaceful attack and have missiles launching off their roof tops!!

  6. nice post icey im afraid im not into the olympics wont be watching at all i think the money could have been used on the nhs and more needy things the fifty shades of grey is definately a book that everyones drooling over especially my daughters lol hmm have a good week icey be wicked as andros always telling you females lol xjen

    1. Well there is that…but so much money is getting wasted elsewhere that I do wonder if it will really make much difference to be honest. If it wasn’t being spent there it would no doubt be used somewhere else that wouldn’t be any too pleasing to people in general I would guess. I saw 50 shades of Grey going as a buy one get one free in WH Smiths today! I presume all the drooling over it creates the need for a drool free copy too 🙂

  7. Hey I have only just noticed this fine posting Icywolfy and a Mythology post too, you should have told me about it… Anyway now that I am here let me say it is a wondrously enlightening post with some impressive graphics too. I am going to enjoy the Olympic Games this time around and as it is here in Great Britain it will be even more of a spectacle, well it will be even better if we win some of those medals. I like the way you have set this one out too my great friend. It is definitely WICKED as I always say. Hey have a wicked rest of day and a wicked evening too, well not too wicked or you might get into hot water with any Portuguese that might be in the vicinity 🙂 lol

    Androgoth XXx

    1. I did mention it…somewhere! 😉 I could hardly fail to given the amount of earache you give me about mythology blogs!! lol 😉 It’s given me an interest in the Olympic Games that I certainly haven’t had before I must admit. I like the idea of walking in the footsteps of the gods and the ancient Greeks, like travelling in time in a way. We deserve some medals after failing in both Euro 2012 and Wimbledon!!
      The Portuguese have been replaced by Miss Latviansx2, Mr Roumaniansx2 and Mr Polish!! Not forgetting my Italian landlord next door and the Asians on the other side 😀 Plenty of hot water to get into then 😉 Well…not with the Miss L’sx2 of course but the rest…lol 😀

      1. Well they all seem a nice bunch to me Icywolfy
        especially the two Latvians… Well I agree about
        the medals we need lots of GOLD a bit of SILVER
        some BRONZES and lots of excitement too 🙂 🙂

        Your new posting is excellent
        and more of the same please 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

  8. Tack Wolfie..
    Ja jag är bara glad att du stannar och är min vän så att du kan läsa nästa 200 inlägg tack för det min vän..Nu är det semester har jag tur så blir det lite sommar i Sverige snart..Dom sa på tv att det kanske kommer att regna i england hela OS hoppas dom har fel..
    Ha en fin regnfri helg kram //Nicki

    1. Hej min stora vän Nicki
      Regnet är redan på god väg och gör mycket bra 🙂
      OS kommer inte att vara wash-out dock!
      Vi är brittiska och vi kommer att se showen fortsätter oavsett vad!
      Den gamla goda brittiska anda kommer inte att dränkas i regnet;)
      Ha en härlig semester och jag hoppas att det inte regnar;)
      Semester kram … Wolfie 🙂

  9. I love the mystical feel of your site. Always makes me feel like I’ve moved into some wonderland of fantasy, with a bit of reality thrown in. Thought I’d pop by and let you know that I have given you an award on my latest post. Hope you like it!

    1. Why thank you! I am deeply wolfishly honoured that you should have considered my blog worthy 🙂 I’m actually very hopeless with awards as I can never meet the conditions lol like I’d have to pass a pass-on type award to ALL my followers no matter what the rules so I’d break them straight away!! But it’s a lovely thought and very much appreciated thank you 🙂

      1. Just popped over yours and left a comment there for you too 🙂 Thanks once again for thinking of me, it was a lovely gesture 🙂 And I hope everyone who stops here clicks on the link and speeds over to your great blog too!!

  10. I hope that you are planning on adding some more of these Icywolfy
    as I always enjoy reading about Mythology, and I like how you find the
    most excellent graphics for your postings 🙂 I think the setting out of
    these really does enhance the written work and as you have researched
    it beforehand then the graphics just appeal to everyone that reads your
    Mythology, and of course your alternative postings that are equally as
    interestingly added. Have a fun friday with lashings of wicked fun 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx

    1. Thank you Androgoth 🙂 The Olympics is a very popular subject at the moment for some reason…can’t think why!!
      And yes…lol I know you’re trying to convince me that I should post another mythology orientated blog pretty much immediately! lol 😀

      1. Yes I would definitely like that Icywolfy
        you know me and Mythology postings,
        I just keep at you until you add one 🙂 😉

        Well is it my fault if you
        always choose great titles? 🙂

        Have a fun Friday and
        be good, if you can 🙂 lol

        Androgoth XXx

  11. I am just calling by to dig you out from those heels Icywolfy, and to see if you
    have posted anything remotely Mythological? 🙂 Well as I can see that there are
    no new offerings I will just say ‘Get On With One… Pronto 🙂 Or Else?’

    Okay so you are now in the process of adding a gardening and bird watching post
    with Bill Oddie stirring the mixture, and Delia Smith kissing his binoculars, well I hope
    that they are his binoculars? 😉 🙂 lol Have a wicked start to your week Icywolfy and do
    think about another posting on… You know? 🙂 lmao

    Androgoth XXx

    1. Ha ha 🙂 Good try Androgoth but you see…my heels are dug in very deep and no intention of being dislodged at the current time! I am definitely not in the process of adding another mythological posting right now 😉 Perhaps I should chat you up for some tips on how to write scenes of wild wickedness and darkly eroticism though! No…not for my blog! Private use!! I’m struggling and this is not conducive to my focussing on a new post 😉 Should I achieve this end I MIGHT consider posting a new mythology one…MAYBE!!

  12. Schöner Beitrag G von Zeus. Grüsse dich Herzlich leider ist der Urlaub schon wieder vorbei jetzt heisst es wieder alles aufrömmen wünsche dir ein schönes weekend grüsse dich lieb Gislinde

    1. Vielen Dank und herzlich willkommen zurück meiner lieben Freundin Gislinde 🙂
      Urlaub nie lange genug!
      Ich hoffe, Sie hatten eine schöne Zeit
      Liebe und Umarmungen …Wolfie 🙂

  13. Hey Icywolfy I hope that you are enjoying
    your weekend in Mythelogical proportions 🙂
    By the way F1 is in Germany and I am going
    to be watching it and cheering Michael on,
    yes Michael Schumacher of course 🙂 Now
    did you mentions something about heels or
    was it just another Mythology posting? 🙂 😉

    Have a lot of wicked fun Icywolfy 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx

    1. Hope you’ve been enjoying your F1 and not been thinking about biting any jugulars this weekend! lol 🙂
      I’m sure the skills of Michael Schumacher will keep your Vampire desires under firm control
      and a large glass of Red on the side will appease your cravings 🙂

      1. Yes he did really well this weekend, in fact his wicked driving abilities are coming true to form with every race…

        The Red Baron is back, well in a Merceded anyway, I think he would look good in a Ferrari next, again 🙂 🙂 Hope so anyway 🙂

        Have you had a nice weekend Icywolfy 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

  14. 🙂 lol did I Mentions 🙂 lol
    Now I am sounding like Alexander
    and the Meerkats on TV 🙂 🙂 🙄 lol

    Have a wonderful Sunday Icy 😉

    Androgoth XXx

  15. What a wonderful post!! I wish I’d seen it before the Olympics, it would have been good to have had such an indepth analysis of all things Olympic. In retrospect I think there was a huge sigh of relief that all went so well and the Games were not marred by random and not so random attrociites that have so often devastated great public spectacles. The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon remind us all of how vulnerable such events are in the face of determined opposition. The announcement that London had won the Olympic bid was itself followed the day after by the London bombings. There’s something wonderful though, isn’t there in the human spirit that refuses to be daunted? The London Marathon the week after brought a tear to the eye.

    Great post, wonderful web design.


    1. It was an eye opener for me too 🙂 But it brought a whole new meaning to the Olympics too and much of the time I felt like I was walking in the paths of the gods… The Games were a wonderful, marvellous experience on so many levels and it was an awesome feeling to know we were playing “host to the world”…. I didn’t want it to end…London was an amazing place to be at that time…The recent Boston Marathon bombing was tragic and heartbreaking and of course there were many very real concerns regarding London and the Olympics and the safety of all who had travelled there both from here and from around the world. But we held the Olympics here right after the 2nd World War and London was well and truly bombed then too, and we had next to nothing at that point but the Blitz spirit carried us through then and it was a success so no terrorist threats were going to stop us this time either! I think in a way, it was like a salute to all at the Boston Marathon and every other tragedy of this nature that has occurred along the way. The terrorists can come – they can do their worst and we will grieve and search our souls in anguish – but they will not prevail!! The London Marathon going ahead despite everything and events all around the world show that the terrorists will never, ever break the spirit of the human race!! And perhaps that is also a part of the spirit of the Olympics 🙂

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