How it all began….
The Ancient Greeks believed that the gods and their world began in this very strangeway.In the beginning there was nothing but a wide gaping space called Chaos. MotherEarth was the first to appear followed by Father Sky. Rains fell from Father Sky toearth and flowers and trees began to appear, rivers flowed and lakes and seas werecreated.Next, Mother Earth produced the hundred-handed giants andCyclopes, giants with one eye. They decided to rebel against theirfather so he locked them up in Tartarus, a dark and gloomy placein the Underworld. Then Mother Earth gave birth to the Titans
more giants, the most famous being Atlas, Rhea and Cronos. The Titans released theCyclopes from the Underworld and with their help they overthrew Father Sky.Cronos became the leader of the Titans and he had big plans to become the ruler of
the universe so he locked the Cyclopes up in Tartarus again so that they wouldn’t stop
his plans.Cronos, the meanTitan then marriedhis sister Rhea! Hismother warned himthat he would beoverthrown by oneof his children justas he hadoverthrown hisfather. So everytime Rhea gave birthto a child Cronos would eat it. After having five children Rhea decided enough wasenough and was determined her next child would live. When she had a baby soncalled Zeus she sent him off to Crete. Then she wrapped a stone up in a blanket andgave it to her husband. Cronos, upon seeing Rhea with another child, promptly atethe stone and did not seem to notice the difference.Zeus was hidden in a cave on the island of Crete. He was fed on honey and goatsmilk and slept in a golden cradle hung from a tree. When he was grown up enough,the Titan Prometheus visited him and told him how to overthrow his father.Prometheus knew that the future lay with Zeus and the gods.Zeus put the magic potion
in Cronos’ drink, which
made him very sick. First he coughed up the blanketwith the stone and then he coughed up all hisbrothers and sisters,
Hestia, Demeter, Hera,Poseidon and Hades
. Still alive they joined Zeus in abattle against Cronos. The gods won with weaponsmade by the Cyclopes and the Titans, except forPrometheus, were locked up underground.