Who was Cronus?
Cronus was the Titan god of time and the ages and one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The Titans were the descendents of the first gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The first 12 Titans, that included Cronus were a race of powerful, giant gods from the union of the primordial deities Gaia and Uranus. Cronus was the youngest son of Gaia and Uranus who became the ruler of the Titans. He married his sister Rhea, one of the Titanides. Their children were Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. Cronus who was de-throned by his son Zeus in the Titanomachy. The legend and myth about Cronus, the god of time and the ages, and the Titans has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World of Greece and the study of the Greek classics.
Cronus attacking his father Uranus
Facts about Cronus
Cronus features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but were of gigantic proportions and possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Cronus:
Cronus Profile & Fact File
Alternate Names: Kronos, Cronos
Role & Function: The function of Cronus is described as being the god of time and the ages
Status: A principle god in the first dynasty of Titans
Name of Wife / Consort: Rhea
Name of Father: Uranus
Name of Mother: Gaia
Names of Brothers (Titans): Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Crius and Iapetus
Names of Sisters (Titanides): Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis
Names of Children: Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus
The Children of Cronus and Rhea
The famous children of Cronus and Rhea were Hera, Demeter, Hestia, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus.
- Zeus became the king of the Olympian gods and was the god of the heavens. He married his sister Hera and together they had three children, Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus
- Hera became the Queen of the Olympian gods and was the Greek goddess of the family
- Hestia became the goddess of the hearth and the home
- Hades became the god of the Underworld and the dead
- Poseidon became the god god of the sea, tempests, storms and earthquakes
Cronus was also the grandfather of Ares, Hebe, Hephaestus and Persephone.