Cronus: The Titan King Essay

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Cronus was one of the most feared and respected deities of the Greek culture. Cronus was also the youngest of the first-generation of Titans. His power was controlling time. Cronus believed he held the answer to everything. He was cynical, arrogant, not that wise, and very prideful. However, he also had some helpful strengths. Cronus was intellectual, and powerful. He commanded respect, and had control over time. His arrogance and pride were probably his downfall. Cronus would never back down from a challenge. ()
Cronus’s parents were Gaea, the Earth goddess, and Uranus, the Sky God. Cronus had eleven Titan siblings. His sisters were ...view middle of the document...

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Cronus did not kill Uranus. Instead, Cronus cut off Uranus’ genetials, so he did not have anymore children. When the blood fell to Earth(Gaea) the Erinyes(Furies), the Giants, and the Maliae(Nymphs of the Manna Ash trees) were born. Cronus also allowed the undesirable siblings come back from Tartarus.(“Inspire Indiana”) After Cronus castrated his father, Uranus was unfit to rule, so the Titans awarded the rule to Cronus(“Cronus”).
Cronus married his sister Rhea, and took the throne. They ruled over the “Golden Age” because their power brought harmony and prosperity. After Cronus and Rhea took the throne, he sent the undesirable siblings back to Tartarus. Cronus was afraid of his monster siblings. He thought that they would overpower him and take the throne for themselves. (“Cronus”)
Cronus and Rhea had six children. They were Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, and Zeus. Cronus had other children besides the Gods. One was Chiron by the nymph Philyra. Chiron was a centaur(half-man, half-horse). Cronus also had a set of twins, Aphros and Bythos. They both had the upper bodies of men, the lower bodies of horses, and the tails of fish(“Cronus”). Cronus had another son named Picus. He was a famous soothsayer and augur. He was a represented as young man with a colorful wood-pecker on top of his head(Murray, John. “Picus”). Cronus also had the Corybantes as children. They were Priests of the Phrygian goddess, Cybele. (Lindemans, Micha. F. “Corybantes”).
He thought that his children would rise up against him as he did his father(“Cronus”). To avoid an uprising, Cronus ate his children. All except Zeus, because Rhea hid him away from Cronus as a child. Zeus was raised by nymphs. Cronus ate a stone the size of a baby to take Zeus’s place. Zeus knew he could not fight Cronus alone so Zeus and Rhea devised a plan. (“Rhea(mythology)”).
Zeus told Rhea he needed help. What Rhea did was she made up a mixture of herbs so that Cronus would throw up everything he ate. Cronus threw up everything, including his five children and the rock that took Zeus’s place. Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, and Hera did not die in Cronus’ stomach. ...

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