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Zeus and his male lover

Zeus and Ganymede

Zeus didn’t become the leading God of the Olympians without being able to outsmart people and see the loopholes that he can abuse. This was never seen more clearly than his relationship with Ganymede. In our society relationships between grown powerful men with younger boys. There wasn’t really much Hera could do about it but it was inevitable that she would get jealous.

Ganymede was a shepherd Zeus spotted on Mount Ida whilst he was tending to his flock. Zeus appeared to Ganymede in the form of an eagle.

Ganymede was made the official cupbearer to Zeus. Eos, captured Ganymede from Zeus to make him her lover alongside her other lover Tithonus. Zeus wasn’t prepared to let Ganymede go quite so easily so in exchange for the return of Ganymede Zeus granted Eos immortality for Tithonus. Some believe that this was a weakness in Zeus by giving in to Eos, but although Zeus granted Tithonus immortality Zeus didn’t make it so he never aged, leaving Eos to watch her lover eternally age.

As ever Zeus did fear for his lovers having to experience to rage of Hera’s jealousy. To prevent Hera from raging on Ganymede Zeus eternalised him as the constellation of Aquarius, the cup bearer.

We did get word that Ganymede’s father was well compensated by Zeus when he learned about the disappearance of his son, some sources say he was given a golden vine other sources say it was storm footed horses. What we are sure about is that thanks to the favour he managed to achieve from Zeus, Ganymede was immortalised.

XOXO, Gossip God

The ascension of the Olympus Gods

According to Hesiod the myth surrounding how the Olympus gods got into power is one of family civil disputes and some crazy predictions.

It all started with the Titan God Ouranos, who feared succession so much that he forced his offspring back in to Gaia his wife. Ouranos wasn’t the only Titan who feared his offspring would threaten his rule, Kronos had the same paranoia.

Kronos went a step further than Ouranos to ensure his children wouldn’t be a threat to him. Kronos decided to swallow his children against the wishes of his wife Rheia. At this time Rheia was pregnant with Zeus. Fearing her unborn child would meet the same fate she sought advice and decided to flee to the island of Crete, where she was able to give birth to Zeus in peace.

In order to prevent Kronos from searching the land for Zeus, Rheia smartly wrapped a stone in cloth and handed it over to Kronos. Kronos without further inspection swallowed the stone thinking it was Zeus and went on about his business. Little did he know Zeus was still alive and being nurtured by his mother.

Once Zeus was old and strong enough to face his father and take over his rule. Zeus found the power to force Kronos to vomit up everything he had swallowed, which were Zeus’ elder siblings.

Zeus didn’t end it there he decided that it was time to overthrow the Titans and take the rule for himself.

The battle was lengthy and an uphill struggle for Zeus and the other Olympian gods as the Titans were more experienced and had the upper hand of having suppressed the powers of the rest of the Olympian gods prior to Zeus’ intervention.

Luckily for Zeus his training and power had paid off and he was able to defeat the Titans through the power of his thunderbolt. He imprisoned the Titans in Tartarus

The fear of succession didn’t end once the Titans were defeated and the Olympians became the ruling gods in Greece. Zeus too feared that the first son born after Athene would be the one who would depose him. He knew he had to act. He decided to swallow the mother of Athene and gave birth to her through his head, therefore she would not have been born and therefore there couldn’t be a son born after her.

Zeus had managed to prevent at all cost any threat of succession and arguably he did very well in ensuring this.

We are just glad we aren’t the children of these Gods or Zeus himself as we don’t think we could live constantly looking over our shoulders fearing our parents or children trying to take us out.

Thank Zeus you aren’t part of that messed up family either.

XOXO, Gossip God

Candidly Hera

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We sat down with Hera to discuss her relationship with Zeus. We wanted to get an insight into how she felt hearing about his many lovers and ultimately try and discover why she decided to stick by her man.

We went to meet Hera at the south slopes of Kronios Hill at her oldest temple. She had her sceptre and crown, appearing in all her glory just for us.

Hera vs Leto – Leto was a lover of Zeus, one of many. Hera found out that Leto was to birth twins Apollo and Artemis. Zeus married Hera after the pregnancy.

What was your first thought when you heard the news about Leto’s pregnancy?

“I was very shocked but I knew I couldn’t allow her to give birth as it would threaten mine and my children’s position in Olympus. My first thought was to ensure that there would be no land that would take her in. Another trick of mine was the send Python to chase her down, instil some fear into her. I also tried to keep Eileithyia (the goddess of childbirth) away from her.”

Next, we discussed the tragic story of Semele and her son Dionysus, word spread that Dionysus would be named as Zeus’ heir and this obviously triggered a raging reaction within Hera.

Can you tell us what happened with Semele and Dionysus?

“Yes, it’s quite simple really. I heard that Zeus was out and about spreading his seed again, this time with a mere mortal, her name was Semele. When I heard about this, there had to be something done to teach him and her a lesson. I couldn’t allow Dionysus to be born so I had to get rid of her before she could give birth. I quickly came up with a plan. I appeared to Zeus as Semele, he was so overly smitten it made me sick, from then I knew I didn’t care how, she had to go. He was asking how he could impress her. That was my opportunity, I told him to appear in all his glory, just like he had appeared to me. I knew Semele would not be able to cope with such power and showmanship and I knew Zeus didn’t do things by halves. I waited, he appeared to Semele, charging in on his chariot and throwing thunderbolts all around her. She died of shock.”

Do you not feel responsible for her death? She was pregnant after all.

“No, firstly, she shouldn’t have been messing about with my man. Secondly it was technically Zeus’ fault that she died so you can take that up with him. If he wasn’t so eager to show off it wouldn’t have happened, but it did so it’s time to move on and get over it.”

What was your reaction when you found out that Dionysus was still born and living?

“Well I did hear through some people that Zeus gave Dionysus to Hermes and instructed him to hide him. Hermes should stick to doing anything else but hiding people because it wasn’t long until I discovered Dionysus was living with his mother’s sister. I knew I couldn’t touch him. So, I got the next best thing, his family. I drove his aunt and uncle to insanity and watch them kill their two sons.”

Next, we went on to discuss the relationship that Zeus had with Io, this was more of a touchy subject for Hera as Io was her mortal priestess. When Io found favour with Zeus, we argue that she was rightful to get even with Io.

Tell us about Io and the events that followed you discovering her relationship with Zeus.

“I was understandably raging when I discovered their relationship. She was supposed to be my priestess and she completely stabbed me in the back. I had to seek revenge. The best way I knew how to deal with Io was to turn her into a cow”

Well that seems quite tame for you really, is there more to this story?

“Yes, there is more, I sent flies to follow her and sting her as she wondered the land as a cow. It’s what she deserved” she said this with a wicked smile.

Now came the story everyone has been waiting for. We bravely or stupidly, we are quite sure which is the right one yet, on to Alcmene.

What angered you the most about the news of Heracles?

Hera looked us dead in the eye with a mix between a blank and piercing stare. We felt chills down our spine and kind of wished that the world would have swallowed us whole at this point, we would have rather been Prometheus, having our liver plucked from us every day than begin to feel the wrath of Hera. She stormed off. After what felt like days in the underworld, Hera returned and sat down. There was an air of uneasiness for a while. We dared ask the question again. This time Hera was more than happy to answer.

“I think what bothered me the most was that before finding out this news, Zeus had announced that the next descendent would rule over Mycenae. I wasn’t about to let his lover’s child take that from me. Just because he was deceivably named, making people believe I liked the child and he had gained some sort of favour from me, he didn’t. Not in the slightest. I once again ensured that Eileithyia was tied with her legs crossed to prevent Alcmene from giving birth to the child in the first place. I don’t know why I bother with Eileithyia anyway she always seems to have some sort of scheme against me and he was born anyway”

There are many stories behind how he got his powers, do you know the truth?

“Yes, and let me make it as clear as day, I was the one that gave him his powers, or shall I say he stole his powers from me.”

Really, how did he manage to steal his powers from you? That seems far reaching even for a son of Zeus…She once again gave her death stare and gripped tighter on to the base of her sceptre seeming like she could have swung it at us at any point. But she didn’t thank all the gods. She sighed and rolled her eyes.

“His mother, the contriving little B****, tricked Athena into bringing the thing to me. I took pity on the child not knowing who it really was. I nursed him to keep his strength up. He would suckle so hard that one time I couldn’t bare it any longer and had to rip him off me. This act would lead to him taking his power from the milk I would nurse him with. I also created the milky way, so you’re welcome for that too.”

Hera refused to answer any more questions on the matter of Heracles. We both decided that this would be a nice end to our chat. We presented Hera with a tribute for her company and we both went our separate ways.

I want to thank Hera for spending her time with us and being gracious enough to not enact her rage onto us and giving us never discussed information.

XOXO, Gossip God

Aphrodite, Who is she?

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There is much debate on the origins of Aphrodite and her true lineage. At OG we have compiled the evidence and aim to weigh up exactly who she really is. There is no debate on the matter of her being born as an adult, which is what strikes us as being strange, is this true or is it something that she makes us believe because she was the ugly duckling. It’s possible she could have been an ugly child and not wanted anyone to know? We all know what a jealous woman she can be with her erratic behaviour in ensuring that she is the most beautiful goddess the grace us. We know these goddesses will go to an extreme when it comes to being the most beautiful, we all know what happened with Helen.

There is much debate on the origins of Aphrodite and her true lineage. At OG we have compiled the evidence and aim to weigh up exactly who she really is. There is no debate on the matter of her being born as an adult, which is what strikes us as being strange, is this true or is it something that she makes us believe because she was the ugly duckling. It’s possible she could have been an ugly child and not wanted anyone to know? We all know what a jealous woman she can be with her erratic behaviour in ensuring that she is the most beautiful goddess the grace us. We know these goddesses will go to an extreme when it comes to being the most beautiful, we all know what happened with Helen.

Sources close to Gaia, the wife of Ouranos bring us our first story on the birth of Aphrodite. Allegedly Gaia wanted to seek revenge on her evil husband. Gaia seemed to be angered by the way that Ouranos would treat their children, the nanny of Gaia has published her experience working for the family and accuses Ouranos of keeping the children in darkness, which would stir up major frustration in Gaia. Pushing Gaia over the edge, she finally concocted a scheme with her son Kronos, egging him on with encouragement allegedly giving an inspiring speech along the lines of “Children of me and a wicked father, if you are willing to obey, we may punish the evil outrage of your father; since he first planned unseemly deeds”.  The plan was that Gaia would give Kronos a sickle and lead Ouranos to him. Eyewitnesses tell us that there was no attempt of craftmanship and Kronos simply hacked his father’s genitals off with all his power, tossing them from land into the sea. Not the greatest thing to happen to a man, but one must question whether Ouranos deserved being Lorena Bobbited. We at The OG also got access to an eyewitness who was enjoying a peaceful bathe at the beach in Cyprus when Aphrodite appeared out of what can only be described as a sea of pure white foam. The eyewitness told us “an awesome and beautiful goddess emerged, and grass grew under her supple feet.”.

The biggest question for us to debate is, this would mean that Aphrodite was an aunt figure to Zeus, why after destroying the Titans would he keep Aphrodite in his court at Olympus. We all know that Zeus feared succession as he himself played the most significant role in the removal of his father Kronos, and why he ensured that Athena was born from him to prevent the son born after Athena could not be his successor. Why would he leave Aphrodite, arguably a loose end in the roundabout that was succession?

 

 

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We at The OG have managed to get our hands on a published family tree of the gods. As you can see for yourselves Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione, the titan goddess and an oracle that was worshipped alongside Zeus at Dodona.

 

It’s difficult for us to be able to tell which lineage of Aphrodite is to be the correct one. The fact that she generally shares good relations with Zeus and he is the only one who can withstand her beauty leans closer to her being his daughter than that of Ouranos.

XOXO Gossip God

 

The decision that started a war

We all know about the Trojan war; our brave men went to rescue Helen from the grasp of Paris. But what we may not be fully aware of is the real cause of the war. We have been made to think that Paris was acting alone. But we have been told that the war was some sort of scheme set up by the Goddesses and The OG has the scoop on their part in the war.  

Its nothing short of a “who’s the fairest of them all?” story an insider from Paris’s court has told us. Our source tells us how Hera, Athena and Aphrodite appeared to Paris asking him to settle a dispute they were having. The dispute is by far one extremely petty one in hindsight and exposes truly what the goddesses are like behind all their glory. Our insider continued to inform us that it was in fact Zeus who sent the goddesses to Paris and he was to decide which was the fairest out of them. Our source tells us that to make this more appealing to Paris the Goddesses presented him with bribes. Athena promised Paris victory in war, very cliché if you ask me but quite enticing at the same time. Hera was next to offer Paris power; the source was unsure of what extent the power went to for Paris. We are guessing not far enough for him as it was Aphrodite who won with her offer which would award Paris with the love of the loveliest woman in the world. It must be a lonely world for Princes as Paris granted that Aphrodite was the fairest out of the goddesses. Helen was the pawn in this competition and she fell in love, thanks to the help of Aphrodite, with Paris and they eloped and went back to Troy. We are not surprised that Paris chose Aphrodite as we all know she is the most beautiful, but don’t let Hera or Athena know that. The promise of the love of the fairest lady in the land is also very convincing, one can aspire and achieve victory and power on their own merits, but the idea of true love is something you cannot just achieve. We are going to guess that he probably shouldn’t have gone with Aphrodite in the grand scheme of things we can see that Athena was very unhappy with Paris’ decision, which might explain why things didn’t end too well for Troy, but that’s another story.

We at the OG would love to hear who you would chose if you were Paris. Tweet us at @TheOGNews with your choice and a we will let you know who you think is the fairest of them all.

XOXO Gossip God