Mythical Facts about Iapetus
Fact 1: Iapetus took the side of the Olympians in the War of the Titans
Fact 2: He was the Titan god of Mortal Life, whilst his son, Prometheus, was the creator of mankind and his son Epimetheus was the creator of other earthly creatures.
Fact 3: Iapetus and his brothers Crius, Coeus and Hyperion were posted at the four corners of the world where they seized hold of their father, Uranus the Sky god, and held him fast, while Cronus, hidden in the centre, castrated him with a sickle
Fact 4: The four brothers represented the points of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. Iapetus was the pillar of the west.
Fact 5: He was also known as the god of craftmanship
Fact 6: A moon was named after the god which is the third-largest natural satellite of Saturn
Fact 7: Iapetus (named "the Piercer") is the one Titan mentioned by Homer in the Iliad (8.478–81) as being in Tartarus with Cronus
Fact 8: According to Silius Italicus that he is interred under the island of Inarime
Fact 9: The name of Iapetus means 'piercer', and is an apt name as he was regarded as the god who also brought forth violent deaths to mortals
The Imprisonment of Iapetus and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth Uranus, the father of Iapetus and the other Titans, was terrified of the massive size and strength of his gigantic children and to prevent them rebelling against him, Uranus seized them immediately after their birth and hurled them down into a dark abyss called Tartarus, where he kept his Titan children in chains.
The race of giant Titans, imprisoned by their father Uranus
Their mother, Gaia, helped them to escape and, led by Cronus, they overthrew their father and took power as the Titan gods. Cronus was no better than his father which led to the War of the Titans.
The Titanomachy in Greek Mythology
The Battle of the Titans, called the Titanomachy, was a 10 year war and power struggle that was fought between the Titans and the gods and goddesses who would become known as the Olympians. In ancient Greek mythology Mount Othrys was the base of the Titans during the Battle of the Titans and Mount Olympus was the base of the Olympian gods and goddesses led by Zeus. Mnemosyne, Themis, Crius, and Hyperion choose to join the Olympians. The male Titans were eventually all deposed by Zeus and cast into the pit of Tartarus.
The Family of Iapetus - The Titans Family Tree and Genealogy
Iapetus - The Titan Gods Family Tree
The family members and genealogy of Iapetus can be established via the Titan gods family tree, providing an instant overview of the relationships between the major Titan gods and goddesses and their children. The Titans Family Tree is a 'who's who' of the family connections, genealogy and relationships between the main characters who feature in the mythology of the Titans.