By Ken Dowden

© 2004 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

The first book to capture a complete picture of the most important of Greek gods in one reliable volume for almost seventy years, this masterly and comprehensive study brings a new-millennium examination of the fascinating god Zeus.

Broad in scope, the book looks at myth, art, cult, philosophy, drama, theology and European painting amongst much more, and allows us to take seriously what it was to worship and respect the greatest of Greek gods, and to live through the aftershock of the Middle Ages and modern times.

Showing the evidence along the way, Zeus is student-friendly and includes:

  • a range of illustrations and maps
  • translated passages from ancient authors
  • a chronology and excellent indexing.

Looking at the ancient Greeks their predecessor and their successors – the Romans and beyond – the book is engagingly written and speaks to a modern audience: this is Zeus from our remote ancestors to Wagner, and into the computer age.


'[This book] fizzes with ideas on every page' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review

"[Dowden's] careful presentation and analysis of the previous large bibliography makes this book a good introduction even to the study of ancient religion. Good illustrations add to its appeal. [This] is the best introduction to his image and cult"-Oxford Bibliographies Online

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Origins of Zeus 2. The Worship of Zeus 3. The Portrait of Zeus (Archaic and Classical) 4. Hellenistic and Roman Zeus 5. Zeus and Jupiter in a Modern World

About the Series

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting new series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures of classical antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
HISTORY / Civilization