Uranus, the God of the heavens
Picture of Uranus (Ouranos), castrated by his
Uranus (Ouranos) was one of the primordial deities,
and god of the
heavens. Another version of his name was 'Ouranos'
meaning "sky" or "heaven". He was the first
son of Gaia, who he also married. Their union
produced the race of giant gods called the Titans.
Uranus was a refined but melancholy deity,
representing the light and air of heaven. He
possessed the distinguishing qualities of
light, heat, purity, and omnipresence, the
state of being everywhere at once.
Picture of Uranus and Gaia
Uranus (Roman Counterpart was
When the Roman
Empire conquered the Greeks in 146BC, the Romans
assimilated various elements from other cultures
and civilisations, including the gods and
goddesses that were worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. Many of the Greek gods and goddesses, such as
Uranus (Ouranos), were therefore adopted by the Romans but were given Latin names.
The Roman counterpart of Uranus was Caelus.
Uranus and the
Ancient Greek Gods
According to mythology
the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses, including
Uranus consisted, of three major dynasties
from different generations:
First generation of Ancient Greek Gods were the Primeval
deities of which Uranus (Ouranos) was a member
Primordial, or Primeval, gods were those that
existed at or from the beginning of time and resided
within the region of the universe known as the
Second generation of Ancient Greek Gods were the Titans
Third generation of Ancient Greek Gods were the
Each generation, or dynasty, of the Ancient
Greek Gods overthrew the previous
Family Tree of Uranus
The genealogy and the Family Tree of Uranus (Ouranos) is
illustrated as follows and clarifies the
relationship between Uranus and the first
primordial gods and goddesses.