The Titan War
|Part of||Greek mythology|
|Result||Defeat and imprisonment of the Titans. Release of the Cyclopes and the Hecatonchires. Deposition of Cronus and Rhea. Ascent of Zeus and Hera to the throne of Olympus. Retaliation of Gaia|
|Belligerents||Olympians, Cyclopes, Hecatonchires. Some Titans as well|
|Led by||Zeus, Hades, Poseidon|
|Versus|| Titans, Gaia |
led by Atlas and (nominally) Cronus
The Titanomachy, or War of the Titans (Greek: Τιτανομαχία), was a ten-year-long series of battles fought in Thessaly between the Titans and the Olympians after Zeus freed his siblings from his father, Cronus. It is also known as Titanomachia, Battle of the Titans, Battle of Gods, or just The Titan War.
The Titans were led by Cronus' nephew Atlas rather than Cronus himself during the war. Oceanus and the Titanesses didn't participate in the war and kept their posts as gods and goddesses. The Titans were based on the mountain Mount Othrys which was assaulted by the Olympians.
Names in italics denote supporters who did not actually fight
The Olympians were supported by the Cyclopes and Hecatonchires, who were released from Tartarus by Zeus and his brothers. Additionally Hekate, Helios and Styx aided the Olympians, with Styx's four children, Bia (force), Cratos (power), Zelos (zeal) and Nike (victory). Whilst Helios did not participate, he darkened the sky upon request of Zeus, to stop Gaia finding a magic herb to restore the wounds of her children.
The Olympians eventually won Titanomachy and imprisoned the Titans in Tartarus, which infuriated Gaia. She sent her children, the Giants (gigantes) and Typhoeus to attack them. This began Gigantomachy, the results of which were more or less the same.
In Popular Culture
- The 2011 film Immortals is mostly based on the Titanomachy, as well as on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The film portrays Titans as grey-skinned ruthless killers imprisoned on mount Tartarus.
- The 2012 film Wrath of the Titans is based on the Titanomachy, Perseus and the return of the imprisoned Cronus. The film contradicts mythology on the fact that Cronus ultimately causes the death of Zeus, but not before been slayed by Perseus.
|Greek mythology articles|
|Deities||Aphrodite • Apollo • Ares • Artemis • Athena • Demeter • Dionysus • Hephaestus • Hera • Hermes • Poseidon • Zeus|
|Heroes||Abderus • Bellerophon • Daedalus • Diomedes • Achilles • Cadmus • Heracles • Perseus • Odysseus • Orpheus • Theseus • Jason • Argonauts|
|Groups||Demigod • God • Titans • Graeae • Gorgons • Protogenoi|
|Creatures and monsters||Chimera • Centaur • Charybdis • Cyclops • Ceryneian Hind • Cretan Bull • Empusa • Erinyes • Erymanthian Boar • Minotaur • Typhon • Medusa • Makhai • Lernaean Hydra • Pegasus • More...|
|Titans||Atlas • Coeus • Crius • Cronus • Epimetheus • Gaia • Helios • Iapetos • Pallas • Perses • Prometheus • Oceanus • Hyperion • Rhea • Styx|
|Topics||Titanomachy • Overthrowing of Ouranus|