Cronos is the wily, youngest and most terrible of the children of Uranus. He dethroned his father and became ruler of the universe, but was later overthrown by his own son Zues. Having thus succeeded his father, Cronos brought up the cyclopes and the hecatonheires who were prisoners in Tartarus. But Power changes the mind, whereas there is no mind able to change the nature of Power. So, when Cronos became ruler, he started seeing things in the same way as the predecessor he had dethroned had seen them; and soon he again bound and shut his brethren up in the same dark depth. Cronos was affected, for having attacked his father, by what later came to be called the "Punishment of Neoptolemus", which consists in suffering oneself what one has done to another. Soon Cronos was prophetically informed by his parents that he would be dethroned by his own son , Zues.So in an effort to save himself the titan ate his own children but one managed to escape Zues. Rhea kept Zeus hidden in a cave on Mount Ida, Crete . According to some versions of the story, he was then raised by a goat named Amalthea , while a company of Kouretes , armored male dancers, shouted and clapped their hands to make enough noise to mask the baby's cries from Cronus. Other versions of the myth have Zeus raised by the nymph Adamanthea , who hid Zeus by dangling him by a rope from a tree so that he was suspended between the earth, the sea, and the sky, all of which were ruled by his father, Cronus. Still other versions of the tale say that Zeus was raised by his grandmother, Gaia. Whatever every story is most popular by belif they all end the same way with Zues overthrowing his father.

Relatives:
  • Atlas
  • Mnemosyne
  • Oceanus
  • Prometheus
  • Rhea
  • Tethys
  • Themis

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