Cronus (Kronos, Cronos)


In Greek myth, Cronus is the youngest of the twelve Titans, son of Uranus and Gaia. He is married to his sister Rhea and the father of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus.

After Uranus had thrust his children deep down beneath the earth, and out of resentment that she had to bear so many children, Gaia turned them against their father. She incited them to castrate Uranus, but none dared to do this, except for Cronus. He stealthily accomplished the deed while Uranus slept. Afterwards Cronus assumed the rule and under his and Rhea's leadership a time of prosperity and harmony began, the Golden Age. To secure his own dominion, however, he had devoured his children after birth, but Rhea managed to save one child: Zeus.

When Zeus reached maturity, he overpowered Cronus and forced him disgorge the children he had swallowed. With the aid of his brothers and sisters, and other partisans among the gods, Zeus dethroned Cronus and became king of gods and men.