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Zeus VS. Cronus

A myth submitted to the site by Megan F.


Every family fights, for instance “The Kardashians,” but not as rough as Zeus and Cronus. In Greek Mythology siblings fight, even children and parents. In Greek Myths Cronus ruled over the Titans until Zeus came in and overthrew him. Zeus and Cronus are similar by how they both punished people and both overthrew their dads; they are different by how Zeus has never been defeated and Cronus has and Cronus had to eat his children to stay powerful (but it didn’t work) and Zeus didn’t have to do that to stay ruler.

Zeus and Cronus are similar by how they both punished people. Zeus punished people for lying and breaking oaths. Zeus had a very hard time to trust people, so when they did break his trust he would do something to them because he felt like it was what he should do. “He (Zeus) is also known to punish those that lie or break oaths”(Greek Mythology). Whereas, he did that to show how much he disliked liars and people who were untrustworthy. Cronus punished people to stay ruler of the Titans. Cronus was one of the 12 Titans and his father, Uranus, sent all of them away so he could stay ruler. Gaia asked her children to help her overthrow her husband. “...so she asked the twelve Titans for a volunteer to help her out. Only Cronus was brave enough… Once castrated, Uranus was no longer fit to rule… The rule to Cronus… who then freed his siblings from the Underworld… But soon re-imprisoned them” (Ancient History). Thus, he punished people because he felt like that was the way to show people that he is not a person you want to mess with. Therefore, since they both punished people they are similar in some ways.

Zeus and Cronus are similar by how they both overthrew their dads. Zeus overthrew his dad, Cronus, because his mother asked him to. “When he grew up Zeus would revolt against Cronus and the other Titans, defeat them, and banish them to Tartarus in the underworld” (Greek Mythology). Much less, Zeus defeated Cronus and the Titans to become ruler. Cronus overthrew his father because his mom told him to also. “Cronus was the ruling Titan who came to power by castrating his father, Uranus” (Ancient History). As a result, Cronus overthrew his father because his father was a horrible ruler and his mother wanted to get back at him for sending her children away. Therefore, since they both overthrew their fathers they are similar in that way.

Zeus and Cronus are different by how Zeus has never been defeated and Cronus has. Zeus never got defeated because he was a strong and a tremendous ruler. “The Titan War in which he overthrew the Titanes and imprisoned them in Tartaros. His battle with Typhoeus, a hundred headed, monstrous giant who attempted to capture heaven. The War of the Giants who attempted to storm Olympos but were slain by Zeus and the gods” (Theoi). Yet, in all of those battles he was never defeated because he was powerful and smart. Cronus was defeated by his son, Zeus. “The war was long and bloody and they all fought ferociously. The war finally ended when the three brothers cornered Cronus” (Gods and Goddess). In fact, Zeus was told to defeat his father because he was a terrible ruler and his mother said to. Therefore, they are different by how Zeus has never lost and Cronus has, by his own son.

Zeus and Cronus are different by how Cronus had to eat his children to ensure his safety, but Zeus didn't have to do that much. Zeus was powerful enough to stay ruler without having to do much because he was a amazing ruler. “Zeus was ever multi-faced and ever intriguing in his rule” (Gods and Goddess). Furthermore, that means that he would do whatever it takes to stay ruler, but he wouldn't eat somebody. Cronus had to eat his children to stay powerful because a prophecy said his children would overthrow him. “To ensure safety Cronus ate each of his children as they were born” (Greek Mythology). Thus proving, he “had” to eat them to stay powerful because he was nervous he wouldn't rule anymore if he didn't eat them. Therefore, Zeus and Cronus are different by how they said they had to stay powerful.

In “The Lion King” Simba and Scar have a battle because of how he was ruling the land, and that is why Zeus and Cronus fought. Zeus and Cronus are different by how Zeus has never been defeated and Cronus has, by Zeus. They are also different by how Cronus had to eat his children and Zeus didn’t have to do a lot to stay powerful. Zeus and Cronus are similar by how they both overthrew their dads to become ruler. They are also similar by how they both punished people when they got mad at them. Zeus and Cronus have similarities and differences because they are father and son and they cannot always get along.
Bibliography

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


"Cronus." Cronus. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. .


"The God and Goddess | The Story of Zeus." The God and Goddess | The Story of Zeus. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. .


Gill, N.S. "Cronos." About.com Ancient / Classical History. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. .


Ward, Dan Sewell. "Cronus and Zeus." Cronus and Zeus. N.p., Fall 2003. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. .


By Megan F.
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