Zeus - in Modern Culture

In Modern Culture

Depictions of Zeus as a bull, the form he took when raping Europa, are found on the Greek 2-euro coin and on the United Kingdom identity card for visa holders. Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has criticised this for its apparent celebration of rape.

Zeus has been portrayed by various actors:

  • Axel Ringvall in Jupiter på jorden, the first known film adaption to feature Zeus
  • Niall MacGinnis in Jason and the Argonauts and Angus MacFadyen in the 2000 remake
  • Laurence Olivier in the original Clash of the Titans, and Liam Neeson in the 2010 remake, along with the 2012 sequel Wrath of the Titans.
  • Anthony Quinn in the 1990s TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • Rip Torn in the Disney animated feature Hercules

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