CRONUSTitan Greek Mythology
About Cronus • Cronus was the ruling Titan; the head of all Titans. • Known as the god of “time and the ages.” • Also regarded as destructive and all-devouring. • “He ruled the cosmos (earth) during the so-called ‘Golden Age.’” • His rule was honored by the “Saturnalia” feast. SOURCES: GreekMythology.com Atsma Leadbetter
Mythology • Came to power by castrating his father Uranus. • Wife= Rhea • Cronus + Rhea = children • Cronus + Rhea’s children later became “the first of the Olympians.” SOURCES: GreekMythology.com Atsma Leadbetter
Cronus & The Olympians • Cronus heard a prophecy that predicted he would be defeated by one of his own sons. • To guarantee he would still reign & be safe, he ate each of his children as they were born. • Rhea was grief-stricken over the death of her children, so she hatched a plan to trick her husband, Cronus, and save her youngest son Zeus. SOURCES: “GreekMythology.com”
The Trick... • Instead of Zeus, Rhea gave Cronus a rock that was “wrapped in the swaddling clothes of an infant.” (Atsma) • Rhea then kept her son Zeus alive by hiding him away on the island of Krete [Crete]. SOURCE: Greek Mythology.com Atsma
TITANOMACHY • When Zeus grew up, he “arranged for Cronus to drink a potion” that caused him to throw up his brothers and sisters. • Zeus then led the Olympians in a 10-year war against his father Cronus and the other Titans known as the “Titanomachy.” • Zeus and the Olympians defeated the Titans, and drove them into the pit of Tartaros.
Cronus Released • Zeus eventually released Cronos from Tartarus to make him the ruler of the Underworld area called the “Islands of the Blest.” SOURCES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVnvA7N3x_g GreekMythology.com Leadbetter
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