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A marble statue of the supreme god Zeus (= Roman Jupiter) that was found in one of the Terrace Houses in Ephesus.  It dates to the second-third century AD. An eagle, one of his symbols, is at his right foot.  He may have had a staff or thunderbolt in his left hand.  His beard and hair suggest a portrayal as a mature man.

Compare the statue of Zeus found at Perga.

In historic times Zeus was considered to be the father/king of the gods who ruled the universe.  In particular, he was the god of the sky and thunder.  He "ruled" from Mount Olympus in northern Greece and his symbols were the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak.  Hera was his wife—but he was very unfaithful!  Often disguising himself (as an eagle, satyr, cloud, bull, swan, etc.) in order to have sex with mortal and immortal females.

His children included Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Dionysus . . . .