The Titans22-01-2013 20:55Titans in Greek mythology are the first descendants of Gaia (earth) and Ouranos (sky), the first group of children that Gaia bore before giving birth to Cyclops (one-eyed giants) and Hekatoncheires (hundred-armed giants).
Titans are the second generation of deities that ruled the world during the legendary Golden Age of Man, a period of primordial peace, harmony, stability and prosperity. They are also named as the Elder Gods and their base was Mount Othrys.
According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Titans were immortal deities of incredible strength. This is how the adjective Titanic derives from still in use to describe something of enormous size and strength. Titans are the pre-Olympian order of gods, under the rule of Kronos, who first killed his father Ouranos claiming his power.
Titans of the first generation, children of Gaia and Ouranos, males are Kronos, Okeanos, Iapetos, Hyperion, Koios, Krios and the females - the Titanides - are Rhea, Tethys, Mnemosyne, Theia, Phoibe and Themis.
Titans of first generation mated and these couples gave birth to the second generation of Titans. Okeanos and Tethys are usually referred to as the couple that created the water and sea related deities of the next generation like rivers and water sources: Metis, Acheron, Callirrhoe, Cephissus, Enipeus, Scamander, Styx and many more.
Hyperion (the High one) and Theia (the Divine) gave birth to Eos (dawn), Helios (sun), and Selene (moon). Koios and Phoibe’s (the Radiant) daughters are Leto and Asteria. Iapetos is the father of Atlas, Menoitios, Prometheus, Epimetheus, Calypso and Menoetius. Krios’ sons are Astraeus, Pallas and Perses. Kronos and Rhea are the parents of the next order of gods, the Olympian Gods. Their children are: Zeus, Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Hades and Poseidon.
Titans were overthrown by the Olympian Gods in the Titanomachy, the Great War of the Titans. Zeus and his allies fought against them and Titans were defeated and banished from the world forever, thrown in Tartaros (Abyss). However, some of them are also seen in the Pantheon of Olympian Gods, like Mnemosyne (memory) and Themis (justice, law) outlining the importance of the early principles in the world.
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