Creation

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Creation
Greek Mythology
Mrs. Lux
Out of CHAOS (confusion)
Emerged 2 beings
GAEA (Mother Earth) & URANUS (Heavens)
Children of Gaea & Uranus
Earth
Heavens
• 12 titans, including
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Oceanus & Tethys (ruled sea)
Hyperion (sun)
Thea (moon)
Rhea (great Mother)
Themis (law & justice)
Mnemosyne (memory)
Cronus (youngest & strongest)
• Monsters, including
– Hecatonchires (hundred hands)
– 3 Cyclopes (one-eyed)
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The Plot
• Uranus hated all of his children, but
particularly the monsters
• He sent the monsters to the underworld,
Tartarus
• Gaea asked her other children the Titans to
rescue the monsters
• Only Cronus agreed to help
• He overthrew his father
After the overthrow
From Uranus’ blood came
Giants
&
Fierce fighters
More like men than gods
Erinyes (furies)
winged
Serpent hair
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Cronus & Rhea
• They were married
• Cronus became ruler of the earth
Cronus & Rhea had six children
Hestia Demeter Hera
Hades Poseidon Zeus
Cronus’ fear & demise
• Cronus feared his children would destroy him
• Swallowed all of them but Zeus, who escaped
• When Zeus grew up, he and Rhea waged war
on Cronus
• A long battle followed
• Eventually Cronus spit up his children
• The monsters helped Zeus & gave him
weapons
• Cronus, although assisted by some of the
Titans, was defeated
A New Leader & World
• Zeus divided the world with his brothers &
sisters (and himself)
• Hades – in charge of underworld
• Poseidon – in charge of oceans, horses,
earthquakes
• Zeus – in charge of gods and men from Mt.
Olympus
• Hestia – goddess of hearth and home
• Demeter – goddess of agriculture
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