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Crete, Greece. Zeus. The son of Cronos and Rea, he belongs to the second generation of gods, i.e. to the gods of Olympus. Cronos had been told by an oracle that one of his children would usurp his power and so he did not allow any of them to live but swallowed them as soon as they were born. Rea became very angry, and when it was time for her to give birth to Zeus, she gave Cronos a rock to eat which was wrapped in swaddling-clothes and she went off and gave birth to Zeus in Diktaio Andro, a lonely cave on top of mount Dikti in Crete. Shortly after this, little Zeus was moved for reasons of safety to another Cretan cave, Idaion Andro on mount Idi, where a Nymph of the cave, Amalthia, undertook to bring him up (in another version of the story, she was a goat that brought Zeus up on her milk). When Zeus grew up, he put up a terrible fight and managed to topple the king from his throne and so he became king of the Gods.