This lesson introduces students to the Olympian god Zeus.
• To be able to briefly understand Greek mythology.
To be able to know the beginning of the Greek Pantheon.
To be able to briefly describe Zeus.
Ancient Greeks believed that twelve gods called the Olympian gods lived on the top of Mount Olympus. They got their name because of where they lived. They made up the Greek pantheon. Pantheon means either a group of all the gods of a religion or a temple of worship for all the gods. These beliefs are part of Greek mythology, which are stories believed as true by a culture and that is developed in order to explain concepts relating to the beginning of the universe and other natural phenomena and events. The Greek gods did not create the universe, but they are symbols for natural phenomena, such as the sky, thunder, light, and the moon. They also symbolize concepts, such as wisdom, justice, and love. They may also stand for and represent other activities, such as hunting, war, and archery.