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Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America

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Title of the work

Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

worldwide

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2020

First Edition Details

Teri Temple, Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms, The Child's World, Mankato, MN, 2020, 32 pp.

ISBN

9781503832626

Genre

Myths

Target Audience

Children (10 yo)

Cover

Courtesy of the publisher. 


Author of the Entry:

Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, lisa.maurice@biu.ac.il

Susan Deacy, Roehampton University, s.deacy@roehampton.ac.uk

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Robert Squier

Robert Squier is an American illustrator of fiction and non fiction children books. His grandfather, Donald G. Squier was also an artist. Robert Squier graduated from the University of New Hampshire and the Maine College of Art. He initially worked as a graphic designer before working for children's publishing marker.


Source: 

Author's website (accessed June 23, 2021).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


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Teri Temple (Production Company)

Teri Temple is the author of various books on ancient Greek gods, such as Artemis: Goddess of Hunting and Protector of Animals, Ares: God of War, Hermes: God of Travels and Trade, and more.


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Summary

This colourfully-illustrated book introduces the god Zeus. The story outlines the creation of the world by Gaia and Uranus, the creation of the Titans, Cronus devouring his children except Zeus, Zeus' rearing by Amalthaea, Zeus' revenge on his father, the fight with Typhon, Zeus' affairs (Metis, Europa, Leda, Leto, Hera), the stealing of fire by Prometheus and his punishment, and a family tree of the gods and their Roman names. At the end of the book, there is a short "further information" section and an index. Throughout the narrative there are additional blocks of information within colourful frames on other themes which provide further information without obstructing the main narrative; the additional information includes ancient Greek societies, Capricorn constellation, food of the gods, Typhon and volcanoes, Olympic games, thunder and lightning, women’s roles in ancient Greece, Zeus' temple.

Analysis

This brief book manages to convey a rather large amount of information to the young readers, from Zeus' birth to a brief explanation of women's roles in ancient Greek society. Hence the book connects between mythology and the history of ancient Greece.

The author portrays Zeus as a strong and dignified character, yet she does not avoid his affairs. However, since the book is aimed at younger audience, it is noted that the god "often created mischief in his adventures" (p. 19). This refers to his pursuit of Europa for example. The author describes it as a mischief and not as rape due to the young readers. Hera is described as Zeus' final wife and all of his mischiefs apparently occurred before his marriage. Furthermore, in the accompanying illustration, we see a smiling and happy princess Europa riding the white bull (similar to some ancient vases, for example Tarquinia RC7456).

The author notes that "it was from these love affairs that many of the heroes and beauties of ancient Greece were born" (p. 20). Hence this remark almost exonerates Zeus' behaviour since the result was the various wonderful heroes of myths. While Zeus is described amicably, Hera is described as jealous, a wife whom Zeus feared (he is described as often falling in love with various women so she was jealous even after their marriage). Hera is again being cast as the "bad one" while his affairs are forgiven or treated more favourably. 

Regarding the story of Prometheus, it is explained that Prometheus felt sorry for humans and therefore gave them fire. Prometheus was punished by Zeus and his punishment was perceived as a lesson to humankind: "people quickly learned it was not smart to anger the gods" (p. 29). Prometheus appears similar to Zeus only larger, as a very big man, with a beard and a kind face. He is then illustrated chained to the rock the story of Pandora which usually follows the stealing of fire is not mentioned here.

To conclude, in few pages, the book delivers quite a full description of Zeus, his family tree, origin story and selected traits and myths.


Addenda

The review refers to the Kindle edition 9781409584940. 

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Title of the work

Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

worldwide

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2020

First Edition Details

Teri Temple, Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms, The Child's World, Mankato, MN, 2020, 32 pp.

ISBN

9781503832626

Genre

Myths

Target Audience

Children (10 yo)

Cover

Courtesy of the publisher. 


Author of the Entry:

Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, lisa.maurice@biu.ac.il

Susan Deacy, Roehampton University, s.deacy@roehampton.ac.uk

Male portrait

Robert Squier

Robert Squier is an American illustrator of fiction and non fiction children books. His grandfather, Donald G. Squier was also an artist. Robert Squier graduated from the University of New Hampshire and the Maine College of Art. He initially worked as a graphic designer before working for children's publishing marker.


Source: 

Author's website (accessed June 23, 2021).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Female portrait

Teri Temple (Production Company)

Teri Temple is the author of various books on ancient Greek gods, such as Artemis: Goddess of Hunting and Protector of Animals, Ares: God of War, Hermes: God of Travels and Trade, and more.


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Summary

This colourfully-illustrated book introduces the god Zeus. The story outlines the creation of the world by Gaia and Uranus, the creation of the Titans, Cronus devouring his children except Zeus, Zeus' rearing by Amalthaea, Zeus' revenge on his father, the fight with Typhon, Zeus' affairs (Metis, Europa, Leda, Leto, Hera), the stealing of fire by Prometheus and his punishment, and a family tree of the gods and their Roman names. At the end of the book, there is a short "further information" section and an index. Throughout the narrative there are additional blocks of information within colourful frames on other themes which provide further information without obstructing the main narrative; the additional information includes ancient Greek societies, Capricorn constellation, food of the gods, Typhon and volcanoes, Olympic games, thunder and lightning, women’s roles in ancient Greece, Zeus' temple.

Analysis

This brief book manages to convey a rather large amount of information to the young readers, from Zeus' birth to a brief explanation of women's roles in ancient Greek society. Hence the book connects between mythology and the history of ancient Greece.

The author portrays Zeus as a strong and dignified character, yet she does not avoid his affairs. However, since the book is aimed at younger audience, it is noted that the god "often created mischief in his adventures" (p. 19). This refers to his pursuit of Europa for example. The author describes it as a mischief and not as rape due to the young readers. Hera is described as Zeus' final wife and all of his mischiefs apparently occurred before his marriage. Furthermore, in the accompanying illustration, we see a smiling and happy princess Europa riding the white bull (similar to some ancient vases, for example Tarquinia RC7456).

The author notes that "it was from these love affairs that many of the heroes and beauties of ancient Greece were born" (p. 20). Hence this remark almost exonerates Zeus' behaviour since the result was the various wonderful heroes of myths. While Zeus is described amicably, Hera is described as jealous, a wife whom Zeus feared (he is described as often falling in love with various women so she was jealous even after their marriage). Hera is again being cast as the "bad one" while his affairs are forgiven or treated more favourably. 

Regarding the story of Prometheus, it is explained that Prometheus felt sorry for humans and therefore gave them fire. Prometheus was punished by Zeus and his punishment was perceived as a lesson to humankind: "people quickly learned it was not smart to anger the gods" (p. 29). Prometheus appears similar to Zeus only larger, as a very big man, with a beard and a kind face. He is then illustrated chained to the rock the story of Pandora which usually follows the stealing of fire is not mentioned here.

To conclude, in few pages, the book delivers quite a full description of Zeus, his family tree, origin story and selected traits and myths.


Addenda

The review refers to the Kindle edition 9781409584940. 

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