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Jupiter

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.

Jupiter 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.

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Cronus (Saturn)

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 the Titan Rhea. They...more

Neptune

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Pluto

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Artemis

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Hermes and the Birth of Dionysus

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Leda

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