Cronus the God of Fate

Father of Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon

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Cronus was the ruling Titan who came to power by castrating his father Uranus. His wife was Rhea, and their offspring were the first of the Olympians. To ensure their safety Cronus ate each of the children as they were born. Rhea grew sick of this and tricked Cronus into eating a rock instead of eating their child Zeus. When Zeus grew up he revolted against Cronus and the other Titans and defeated them and banished them to Tartarus in the underworld. In astronomy, the planet we now call Saturn because of Roman influence was called cronus by the Greeks. It was the outermost planet god/deity, and was considered the seventh of the seven heavenly objects that are visible with the naked eye. Given that it had the longest observable repeatable period in the sky, which is currently around 30 years, it was thought to be the keeper of time, or Father Time, since no other objects had been seen or recorded to have a longer period. That is why it is often depicted as an elderly man with a long gray beard.

Myths about Cronus the child eater

Family----

Cronus supposedly ate every one of his children to prevent them from growing up and gaining power and overthrowing him. Cronus' father who was Uranus banished his own son Cronus to the underworld because he despised all of his children. Cronus then found his father in his sleep and castrated him so that he could not have any more children to banish.


Escape to Italy----

Cronus managed to escape to Italy, where he ruled as Saturn. The period of his rule was said to be a golden age on earth, honored by the Saturnalia feast. He escaped the torture of Hades (one of his children).


Cronus king of the golden age----

Cronus ruled over the first generation of mankind during the Golden Age of Man, a time of prosperity, peace and general ease. When Zeus came to power these had been replaced by the Silver, who in turn were succeeded by the Bronze, the Hero, and the Iron races. In the time of Cronus it was said the animals spoke with a human voice.

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Rhea

Rhea was cronus' wife, she gave cronus all the children being born and he sat in his throne and ate them. In her pictures she may be shown holding a wrapped stone which she pretended was the baby Zeus. Sometimes she is seated in a throne on in a chariot. A pair of lions or lionesses, found in Greece in ancient times, may be in attendance with h
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Zeus

Zeus defeated all of the titans and sent them to Tartarus, the underworld. One of the last sons of Cronus and his mother tricked father into eating a rock instead of him.

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