• "Myths of origin" or "creationmyths" represent an attemptto render the universecomprehensible in humanterms and explain the originof the world.• The most widely acceptedversion at the time, althougha philosophical account of thebeginning of things, isreported by Hesiod, inhis Theogony.
• It begins with Chaos, ayawning nothingness.• Out of the voidemerged Gaia (theEarth) and some otherprimary divinebeings: Eros (Love),the Abyss (the Tartarus), and the Erebus.
• Without male assistance, Gaiagave birth to Uranus (the Sky)who then fertilized her. From thatunion were born first the Titans—six males:Coeus, Crius, Cronus, Hyperion,Iapetus, and Oceanus;and six females:Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Theia, Themis, and Tethys. AfterCronus was born, Gaia andUranus decreed no more Titanswere to be born.
• .They were followed bythe one-eyedCyclopes andthe Hecatonchires orHundred-Handed Ones,who were both throwninto Tartarus by Uranus.This made Gaia furious.
• Cronus ("the wily, youngestand most terribleof Gaias children”), wasconvinced by Gaia tocastrate his father. He didthis, and became the rulerof the Titans with his sister-wife Rhea as his consort,and the other Titansbecame his court.