The god, Zeus, as drawn by Rei Inamoto.
Rei Inamoto, Windows to the Universe artist.
In Roman mythology, Jupiter was the king of heaven and
Earth and of
all the Olympian gods. He was also known as the god of justice.
He was named king of the gods in the special meeting that followed
his overthrow of the god
Saturn and the Titans. In the council of the gods that followed, Jupiter
was crowned Lord of Heaven and Earth and of all the gods. He granted Neptune dominion over the Sea, and
his other brother Pluto dominion over the underworld.
Jupiter's wife was Juno, who was very jealous of the attention that he paid to other goddesses and women. Jupiter would often disguise himself as a bird or animal in order to sleep with other women. Usually, when Juno found out about the affair, she would severely punish the woman. Although not often written about, Juno possessed great power. Those that made her angry paid the price.
For example, Jupiter fell in love with the lovely Io. Jupiter turned Io into a cow to protect her from Juno. However, when Juno found out about the affair she tied up the cow. When Io escaped, Juno sent a gadfly to constantly sting Io for eternity.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, ranging from evolution
, classroom research
, and the need for science and math literacy
You might also be interested in:
How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable....more
In Greek mythology, Cronus was the son of Uranus and Gaea.He lead his brothers and sisters, the Titans, in a revolt against their father and became the king of the gods. He married his sister, the Titan...more
Neptune was the name that ancient Romans gave to the Greek god of the sea and earthquakes, Poseidon. He was the brother of Jupiter (Zeus) and of Pluto (Hades). After the defeat of their father Saturn (Cronos),...more
Following the defeat of the Titans by the Jovian gods, Pluto obtained the kingdom of the underworld. One day, while he was riding through the field of battle, the goddess Venus had her companion, Cupid,...more
Poseidon was the Greek god of the sea and earthquakes. Poseidon was depicted as a bearded man with long hair, holding a trident and accompanied by dolphins and fish. He had the reputation for having a...more
Hermes was the prankster of the gods. And yet, in spite of his pranks, he won the affection of all the gods because of his playfulness, innocence, and helpfulness. He was particularly helpful to Zeus,...more
For the ancient Romans, the constellation Cygnus, which means "swan", was related to the myth of Jupiter and the goddess Nemesis. In order to escape from Jupiter, Nemesis changed herself into many different...more
Callisto was the favorite companion of the goddess Diana. She accompanied Diana on the hunt and attended her at her bath after the hunt. One day the god Jupiter caught a glimpse of the beautiful Callisto...more