Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
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Zeus meaning and name origin
Zeus ( Ζευς -Ancient Greek) Pronounced: ZOOS (English) as a boy's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Zeus is "living".  In Greek mythology he was the highest of the gods and father to gods and goddesses such as Athena, Ares, Apollo, and Artemis.  After he and his siblings defeated the Titans, Zeus ruled over the earth and humankind from atop Mount Olympus.
With one exception, Greeks were unanimous in recognizing the birthplace of Zeus as Crete. Minoan culture contributed many essentials of ancient Greek religion. In Crete, Zeus was worshipped at a number of caves at Knossos, Ida and Palaikastro. In the Hellenistic period a small sanctuary dedicated to Zeus Velchanos was founded at the Aghia Triada site of a long-ruined Minoan palace.

Nameday: DIAS (Dias, Zeus) 19th of July
Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. Zeus overthew his Father Cronus. He then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the gods. He is lord of the sky, the rain god. His weapon is a thunderbolt which he hurls at those who displease him. He is married to Hera but, is famous for his many affairs. He is also known to punish those that lie or break oaths.He was the rain god, and the cloud gatherer, who wielded the terrible thunderbolt. His breastplate was the aegis, his bird the eagle, his tree the oak. He is represented as the god of justice and mercy, the protector of the weak, and the punisher of the wicked.


Zeus' s story & photo gallery
Zeus
Zeus was brought to us by two men. He has worked hard all his life and was replaced with a younger version. Zeus is now retired at Agia Marina and loves his new found freedom...

These two men brought their little donkey over. He has worked hard all his life and is replaced with a younger version. Zeus is now retired at Agia Marina and loves his new found freedom... 
ZEUS...JUST ARRIVED AND MUNCHING AT MY APRICOT TREE !! 
Zeus....he is now our second blind donkey in our herd of twelve elderly rescue donkeys, he will require special eye drops to keep the flies away from his eyes and also extra attention 
Zeus enjoying his breakfast 
SUNSHINE AND DUST ROLLS...WHAT MORE COULD AN OLD DONKEY WISH FOR...!!!!! ????/
OLD ZEUS ENJOYING THE WARM SUN AND DUST AT AGIA MARINA THIS MORNING.


our beautiful boy Zeus :-)Enjoying the Cretan evening sun...it's the most beautiful time in the summer...just as the sun is going down enjoying the evening sun04/2012: Zeus who is partially blind is under the weather today, he has been lying down all morning but puts his his head up to greet us.Last evening he spent an hour chasing after Phaedra & we think he is just exhausted, he may be blind but there is nothing wrong with his sense of smell for Jennies
Latest news on Zeus


we set out early this morning before it gets too hot....Zeus is partially blind but feels very safe in Yiannis capable hands....walk past the 3000 yr old olive trees at the Agia Marina water well...pass the beautiful church of Agios Ioannisstop often for a snack...finally we arrive in the village
the last hill
walk up the path to Zeus's ' holiday resort' where we are met by Monika, Yiannis Mummy...there is a special garden filled full of lovely shady trees for Zeus. Yiannis has a wigwam and will stay there tonight to keep Zeus company :-)) Kales Diakopes Zeus & Yiannis !!

Apollo, Zeus and Iason were very happy to welcome the beautiful Violetta to the Sanctuary today...it appears that our new girl is in heat, she got a very enthusiastic welcome from all the lads !!

August 26 2012
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Zeus goes on holidays to his friend Yiannis :-)
June 10 2013
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Poor little Zeus is nursing a very sore nose after colliding with a tree earlier today...Zeus has a huge crush on the beautiful long legged Phaedra and after chasing her around the field and then trying to mount her, at half her size, she turned around and chased him away biting his backside and with his failing eyesight ( 80% blind ) he collided with an olive tree, the romantic escapade rapidly fizzled out. This evening Zeus is a very quiet little donkey and quite enjoying having his sore nose treated with soothing ointments...Perastika Zeus !

August 1 2013
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Zeus was brought to us by two men. He has worked hard all his life and was replaced with a younger version. Zeus is now retired at Agia Marina and loves his new found freedom...Zeus, although he may be blind but there is nothing wrong with his sense of smell for Jennies!  He loves the girls and is quite a charmer


These two men brought their little donkey over. He has worked hard all his life and is replaced with a younger version. Zeus is now retired at Agia Marina and loves his new found freedom... 

ZEUS...JUST ARRIVED AND MUNCHING AT MY APRICOT TREE !! 
Zeus....he is now our second blind donkey in our herd of  rescue donkeys, he will require special eye drops to keep the flies away from his eyes and also extra attention 

It's hard to believe that August is almost over !!..
Our Donkey of the Month Zeus has been in the limelight and really enjoyed it, extra carrots and cuddles all month..
Never mind Zeus, they won't end there !
August 2014: Little Zeus slipped away quietly and peacefully last evening surrounded by the humans and animals who loved him so dearly R.I.P. little donkey.  As our last dedication we wish to sincerely thank our lovely friends Avril & Richard Jenkinson from England who sponsored and came to visit Zeus on many occasions each time bring lot's treats,support, love & warm hugs... words are just not enough