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INTRODUCING ZEUS

Zeus, king of the Greek gods, master of lightning, smiter of those who offend him, god of the sky who rules on Mt Olympus. Zeus the superlative: kydistos, megistos, hypatos – most glorious, most great, most supreme. Father of men and of gods, he sees all, he plans all. We cannot and may not understand his mind, but nothing comes to fulfilment without Zeus, as the Elders in Aeschylus’ tragedy, Agamemnon (1487), intone.