Zeus and his Lightning Bolt
Ancient Greek Mythology, Religion, Art
As ruler of the sky, Zeus was also the god of thunder and lightning. He is commonly depicted with lightning bolts - his original lightning bolts were fashioned for him by the three Cyclopes whose aid was decisive in the war against the Titans.
To Zeus Astrapaios (Lightning Maker). I call the mighty, holy, splendid, light, aerial, dreadful-sounding, fiery-bright, flaming, ethereal light, with angry voice, lighting through lucid clouds with crashing noise. Untamed, to whom resentments dire belong, pure, holy power, all-parent, great and strong: come, and benevolent these rites attend, and grant the mortal life a pleasing end. - Orphic Hymn 20 to Lightning Zeus