The god Cronus took as his wife the Titan Rhea after
defeating his father Uranus and taking his throne away from him.
Cronus placed his throne on Orthri and governed the entire world from this
Cronus just like his father feared his children, he knew
what he done to his father, see The Creation of the world, and feared that
his children may do the same to him. In such, every time Rhea would
have a child Cronus would swallow it. In this manner Cronus swallowed many of the 12
future gods of Olympus, they were
Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Poseidon.
The Titan Cronus
Rhea grieved for her children and the fate that befallen
them as a result of her fearful husband. Rhea then decided that her
next and last child she would hide from her husband. When the day came
when she was to bare a child she left secretly from her husband and went to
the island of Crete. In a cave on the island of Crete far from
Cronus's hands she bore her son and future king of the gods Zeus.
then returned to her husband bringing with her a rapped rock as a
child. Upon returning to her husband Cronus thinking that the rock was her
child immediately swallowed it, and did not know the better that he in fact
swallowed a rock.
The Nymphs had been placed guardians of Zeus by Rhea, and
under their protection he quickly grew into a powerful god. A goat know as
Am althea would give Zeus milk, and the bees would bring him honey, most
of which they brought from Ambrosia the ends of the world, an eagle would bring
Zeus nectar so he could drink. In this manner Zeus grew quickly and became very powerful.
When Zeus had come of age and could challenge his father his
grandmother Gaea gave him a herb which he could give his father Cronus. Zeus
then went to the mountain Orthri and gave his father the herb, Cronus then
threw up all his children. First he threw up the rock, and then one by one
all the remaining five children.
ruler of the gods of Olympus.
Zeus and his brothers then decided that they would fight
Cronus and topple him from power. They went onto Mount Olympus and
decided that this would be their home. From Mount Olympus they would
lead their fight against their father. With the gods of Olympus went
three Titans to offer their support. Everybody else remained with
Cronus, some out of fear, some out of support.
A war then started between the gods of Olympus and their
father, "The War of the Titans" which lasted ten whole
years. Massive rocks would be thrown from one mountain to the other, and
for ten whole years the
earth was rattled by one earthquake after another. In the end, Zeus
won the war by striking his opponents down with his lightning bolts, and then
them on to the Tartarus Mountains.
As time passed Zeus had a falling out with his grandmother
Gaea. Gaea sent the giants against her grandson Zeus in "The War of the
Giants", but just like the previous war they completely failed and were
defeated by the gods of Olympus. Zeus struck the Giants down with
his lightning bolts as he had done in the preceding war, and threw them as well on to the
Zeus then became the unquestioned ruler of the Gods, ruling
from Mount Olympus with his entourage of eleven more gods.