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Zeus v.s Odin
By: Justin Liu

In every world, there is a god, for every god there is a king, without a leader there is chaos, and for every king comes different cultures. Some think that Zeus and Odin are different, but they are both different and similar in many ways. Zeus and Odin are similar in the ways that they both are a King and hold the power of lightning however Zeus is also completely different from Odin. Zeus dwells on Mount Olympus while Odin stays and guards his world Asgard.

However, Both Kings of Gods are quite similar. Zeus wields the power of lightning and the power of the sky while Odin also wields the power of lightning yet a war-god and also a poetry-god, he is a Norse. Atsma, Aaron J. "ZEUS : Greek King of the Gods, God of Sky & Weather | Mythology, W/ Pictures | Roman Jupiter." N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. One of Odin’s countless names is “Allfather” also known as the “old Norse Alfaisisr.” “He is the father of all gods.” He’s worshiped by those in search of prestige, honor, and nobility but he’s often cursed for being a fickle trickster. Both of these gods are in control of many things and are worshiped by many and can be very unpredictable when it comes to power. Mccoy, Dan. "Norse Mythology." Norse Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.

Therefore Zeus and Odin are also similar because of the manpower they both have. They have both married many times and have had many children. Odin uses his man power to defeat the frost giants. Frost giants are huge superhumans that dwell on one of the nine worlds of Asgardians. But Zeus does not have man power but he has his own power that is very unpredictable and can seduce anyone he wants. Leadbetter, Ron. "Zeus." Zeus. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. Thus, Zeus and Odin are both king of gods. Odin has an animating force that can permeate all of life. Odin is the will of power. He is loved by many because of his power and his ability to rule. Zeus on the other hand is just as powerful and has to ability to create and control anything he would like. Mccoy, Dan. "Norse Mythology." Norse Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.

On the other hand Odin and Zeus are very different also. Zeus is one to punish and torture those who oppose him like what he did to Prometheus. He was punished by an eagle who feed on his liver until Heracles came along and rescued the old titan. Leadbetter, Ron. "Zeus." Zeus. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. Odin on the other hand was different. He was often a favored god because of his kindness to outlaws of Asgard. Those who had been banished from society or some crime was allowed to his worlds. Years ago Odin himself was outlawed from Asgard for ten years . Mccoy, Dan. "Norse Mythology." Norse Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.

Furthermore, Zeus and Odin both have and had many lovers. But Odin is the only one who has a wife of the 2. Odins current wife is Frigg. She is the oldest known Germanic goddesses. Reaves, WIlliam P. "Odin's WIfe." Odin's Wife. N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. . Zeus on the other hand has no wife but he had easy access to women of the world and took advantage of it. He was married to Hera, Metis, Themis, and so on. There is a long list of lovers not knowing who his true lover is. "Zeus's Lovers." Zeus's Lovers. N.p., n.d. Web. 5Nov.2013..

So, In conclusion, Zeus and Odin are both kings and gods to their world. They are similar in many ways because of their power and their command and their respect from others that they get and also very different because of their past and how they like to rule. One has a wife the other does not and one forbids and one allows outlaws.

By Justin Liu
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Name: Zandris 12th August 2016
I would like to note several things
1. Odin does not have power over lightning. That's
his son Thor.
2. Zeus also has Allfather accolades. He is many
times called "father of gods and men"
3. Zeus does have a true wife. Hera, Queen of
the Gods and Goddess of Marriage. He simply
cheats on her, like Odin does with Frigg
4. Tbh, just a simple read of this seems like this
article is either unknowledgeable or biased
against Zeus. Either way, it is misinforming.
Name: Isaiah 15th June 2016
Last I checked Odin only had one wife, while Zeus had many lovers along with Hera.
Name: Alfred Key 8th May 2016
Hate to break it to you but their really not. Zues attained kingship by staying in hiding from he's father and leading a rebellion. Odin became a king with the support of he's three brothers. Odin's father was a hermaphrodite who was birthed from the ice of the beginnings of the universe. Odin is also attributed, in allegorical terms, with the destruction of the old way and the creation of the new from it's various parts. Odin became human after the willful possession of a king who wanted power and wisdom. This occurred after the said king hung himself on a tree. Odin has 200 names attributed to him, one of them being Yggir. Ydddrasil means Odin's horse. Zues has the epitaph of Licen which means wolf. He was known for wolf cult in Greece.
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