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Zeus Vs. Hades

Olympus and The Underworld, Greece

Zeus, king of the gods. Hades, king of the underworld. These two gods are similar and different in many ways. Some have said Zeus is right and just while Hades is evil. Yet they are both feared and respected. Many similarities and many differences. In fact, they are similar because they both think very highly of themselves and because they are both some of the most feared greek gods, but they are different because Hades lives in the underworld and he didn’t have tons of wives and girlfriends like Zeus. While Zeus had 100’s of wives, girlfriends, and children, and was the king of the gods.

Zeus and Hades are similar because they are both full of themselves. They both put their needs before anyone else’s. Although most of the gods act the same way, they normally respect Zeus as the leader, while Hades and Zeus both believe that they are THE very best god. “Zeus, the great presiding deity of the universe, the ruler of heaven and earth, was regarded by the Greeks…”( and

Another similarity between Zeus and Hades would be that they were both feared by the Greeks. In fact most people refused to speak Hades name out loud because they were so scared of him. People were also scared of Zeus and knew he sometimes went around with Hermes posing as travelers in need of rest. People were so scared of accidentally running into him and disrespecting him that most people always opened their home to strangers so they never get punished. This is proven by “He watches over them with tender solicitude, rewarding truth, charity, and uprightness, but severely punishing perjury, cruelty…”( and “He is a greedy god who is greatly concerned with increasing his subjects…” (

Now Hades and Zeus are also different, because Hades resided in the Underworld. “He had the worst draw and was made lord of the underworld, ruling over the dead…” ( Zeus sat on a throne in Mt. Olympus. Hades lived in the realm of the dead. Zeus sat in the realm of the gods. Hades among dead souls. Zeus among gods. Two very different places for to gods who aren’t too different.

Another difference between Hades and Zeus is that Zeus had 100’s of wives, girlfriends, and children. “He is married to Hera but, is famous for his many affairs” ( While Hades had no kids of his own, one wife; Persephone, and two nymph girlfriends; Leuce and Mintha. Zeus was a father to many important people in Greek mythology including Hercales and Perseus. While Hades couldn’t have children, being that he was the lord of death.

So all in all Zeus and Hades were both similar and different for multiple reasons. Similarities being that they both think extremely highly of themselves, and that they are both feared by most people and gods. Their differences being that Zeus lived in his palace on Mount Olympus, while Hades sat in his throne in the dark underworld. Also that Zeus had 100’s of wives, girlfriends, and kids, while Hades only had 1 wife and 2 girlfriends, but no kids. In the end, they are both quite alike yet at the same time completely different.

"Zeus." Zeus. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
"Hades." Hades. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

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