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Kronos, alternatively Kronus or Cronus, was the King of the Titans of Greek mythology. The son of Uranus and Gaia, he castrated and overthrew his father. His wife was Rhea and he counted among his children Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Demeter.
When Kronos' father, Uranus, sent the hundred-armed Hecatonchires and the one-eyed Cyclopes into Tartarus, Gaia forged a flint sickle and asked her Titan children to take revenge on him. Only Kronos was brave enough to take the sickle and he castrated Uranus with it, tossing his testicles into the sea which would later give birth to Aphrodite. With Uranus defeated, Kronos became ruler of the world.
It was prophesied that Kronos would be overthrown by one of his own children. In order to prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, Kronos decided to devour them all, and he did, until Rhea gave birth to Zeus in secret, and instead of him, handed her husband a swaddled stone. Kronos didn't notice anything different, and swallowed the stone. When Zeus became an adult, he freed his siblings from Kronos' stomach and led a rebellion against him and his fellow Titans.
Legacy and Influence
During the Peloponnesian War, Nyx the Shadow, a member of the Cult of Kosmos and the Sage of its Eyes of Kosmos branch, wielded a dagger bearing the name of the god. In due time the dagger ended up in the possession of the Spartan misthios Kassandra. Around the same time, Kassandra also claimed the possession of a set of armor inspired by and dedicated to the Titan.
- According to the myths, Kronos devoured every child he begat with Rhea. When Zeus saved his siblings, they accompanied him as the new gods, and became part of the twelve mightiest. In order from oldest to youngest, the children were Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon before Zeus.
- In Homer's Iliad, Iapetos is mentioned as brother of Kronos, and trapped with him in Tartaros.
- In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the Titan Kronos is conflated with the Greek personification of time named Chronos.