For Zeus Theopatros

Father of Gods and Men — This is an interesting title for the King of the Gods. This is because many people only see Zeus as the Lord of Storms and wielder of the lightning. They do not see the father, they see the “infidelities”. They do not see that Zeus is as much a god of fertility as Dionysus and Demeter are. It is just a different sort of fertility.

He is the father of greatness, whether in a literal or figurative sense. He is the father of Apollo, who is seen as a source of inspiration for artists. He is the father of Dionysus, the creator of festivities. He is the father of Athena, lady of wise counsel. He is the father of the mortal heroes as well. Heracles, Perseus, Polydeuces (of the Dioscouri) and Helen (of Troy) are among his children.

I cannot say that he has ceased to father greatness — even if it is no longer in the “literal” and physical sense. I feel that He has begun to engender a renewed interest in the Theoi, and it is because of this that people are beginning to “hear” the song of the Gods again….

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