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Zeus and Poseidon Compare/Contrast Essay

A myth submitted to the site by Robyn L

Dallas, United States

Leaders ensure in our country, that we have to have rules, and boundaries. Zeus and Poseidon are both leaders of their own world. Zeus is god of the sky, while Poseidon is god of the sea. They are brothers, and they have things in common, but they do have their differences from time to time. Poseidon and Zeus are similar in the ways that they are very powerful and they both wanted the city, Aegina; however they are different in the ways that Poseidon was swallowed by Cronus, also Poseidon and Zeus symbols are different.

One of Zeus and Poseidon similarities are that they both wanted the island of Aegina. Zeus proves that he wanted Aegina by going to compete against Poseidon. Poseidon proves that he wanted Aegina because he was willing to fight against the great Zeus for it! Zeus and Poseidon wanted the island of Aegina, and they both fought for it. “Poseidon even fought against the great Zeus for the island of Aegina!” (Scholastic, 84). Therefore, because Zeus was going to compete against Poseidon, that proves he wanted the island of Aegina. Like Zeus, Poseidon wanted the island of Aegina too, and he was going to fight Zeus for it. In conclusion, Zeus and Poseidon are similar because they both wanted the island of Aegina.

Another one of Zeus and Poseidon similarities is that they are both very powerful. Zeus proves that he is powerful when he has his thunderbolt with him, one of the most powerful weapons for the Olympians. Zeus and Poseidon are both very powerful in Mount Olympus. “With their strength on his side, Zeus was bound to win-especially when the Cyclopes created three powerful weapons for the Olympians: Zeus’s thunderbolt, Poseidon’s trident, and Hades helmet of invisibility.” (Scholastic 84). Therefore, because Zeus has his thunderbolt with him, he is very powerful. Like Zeus, Poseidon is also very powerful in Mount Olympus. This clearly illustrates that Zeus and Poseidon are very powerful in Mount Olympus. In conclusion, Zeus and Poseidon are similar because they are very powerful in Mount Olympus.

However, One of Zeus and Poseidon differences is that Zeus is the God of the sky, and ruler of the gods. “Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian Gods.” (library.thinkquest.org/5656/ggods.htm) “Symbols: Eagle, Shield, Thunderbolt, and oak tree.” (library.thinkquest.org/5656/ggods.htm.) Poseidon is the god of the sea and also the gods of the horses. “Poseidon, the god of sea, was also the god of horses.” (Scholastic 82) “The symbol of Poseidon was the trident and his scared animals were the dolphin and the horse.” (http://www.greek-gods.info/greek-gods/poseidon/). This clearly illustrates that Zeus and Poseidon are different by them controlling different things. In conclusion, Zeus and Poseidon are different because they control different parts of the world.

Another one of Zeus and Poseidon differences is that Poseidon was swallowed by Cronus. “He swallowed Hades, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, and Hestia...” (library.thinkquest.org/J0110010/Titans/Cronus.htm). Zeus was not swallowed by Cronus, like Poseidon was. “Cronus swallowed the rock thinking it was Zeus. When Zeus grew up he gave Cronus an emetic and he threw up all of Zeus’s brothers and sisters.” (library.thinkquest.org/J0110010/Titans/Cronus.htm). This clearly illustrates that Zeus and Poseidon are different by Zeus not being swallowed by Cronus while Poseidon was. In conclusion, Zeus and Poseidon are different by them either being swallowed by Cronus or not.

In conclusion, Zeus and Poseidon are different but they do have some similarities and they are one of the most powerful gods in Mount Olympus. Poseidon and Zeus are similar in the ways that they are very powerful and they both wanted the city, Aegina; however they are different in the ways that Poseidon was swallowed by Cronus, and Poseidon, and Zeus symbols are not the same, and control different parts of the world. Even though they are both leaders of something and make the rules, they do have their differences and similarities.

By Robyn L
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