The Eagle and its Errands
As leader of the Olympian gods and goddesses, Zeus was served by the eagle, one of the most majestic birds, and a symbol of his power. The eagle became Zeus’ servant shortly after his birth. When his mother hid the young Zeus in a cave to prevent having him swallowed by Chronus, he was first suckled by the goat Amalthea, and later brought food by the eagle. Although Amalthea played no role later in Zeus’ life, the eagle continued to play a significant role in many of the stories told about him.