chapter  2
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ZEUS’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH GODS AND MORTALS

Zeus is a special god. He may in fact be the only god to have survived from Indo-European times, when there must have been a polytheistic range of gods, a pantheon, just as there was in the Greece we know. In the 3,000 or so years in between, they had been modernised, replaced, updated. It is in the millennium before classical Greece, in the Late Bronze Age (‘Mycenaean’ Greece), that Zeus first comes into sight.