The Greeks referred to the deities of the sky and weather as "Theoi Ouranioi" or "Theoi Meteoroi." These gods were governed by Zeus and Hera, the celestial monarchs of the heavens.
In ancient Greek mythology, the concept of the sky and its deities played a pivotal role in shaping the cosmos and narratives of human existence. The chief among these sky gods was Zeus, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the pantheon of gods who resided there.
Revered as the god of the sky, lightning, thunder, and law, his dominion over the heavens was undisputed. His tumultuous rise to power, involving battles with the Titans and the subsequent overthrow of his father, Cronus, established his dominance not only in the skies but over all of the earth and seas.
Yet, Zeus wasn't the only sky deity.
His siblings, Helios and Selene, represented the sun and the moon, respectively.
While Helios drove his golden chariot across the sky, illuminating the world, Selene’s silvery light bathed the night. The sky was also home to celestial phenomena personified as deities, like Eos, the goddess of dawn, and the Anemoi, wind gods representing different directions.
Together, these sky gods and goddesses symbolized the vast, ever-changing canvas of the heavens and its profound influence on Greek culture and spirituality.
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