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Zeus as Dad: Ye Gods!

June 18, 2003

Re "The Zeus of the House," editorial, June 15: In Greek mythology, the heroes are exemplary, while the gods are all too human. Zeus was known more for descending upon innocent young women (as a swan with Leda, as golden rain with Danae, as a bull with Europa).

I do not think that Helen of Troy, Perseus, Minos, Rhadamanthys or Sarpedon ever played ball or went fishing with their biological father. Zeus would be the last entity one would choose as a poster father. After all, his father, Cronus, did not treat him too well, either.

D.A. Papanastassiou

San Marino

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