Coeus was the Titan god of Intelligence and one of the
extraordinary number of gods and goddesses
worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The Titans
were the descendents of the first gods
or divinities, called the primordial or
primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos.
The first 12 Titans, that included Coeus were
a race of powerful, giant gods from the
union of the primordial deities Gaia and
Coeus was the husband of Phoebe.
Their children were Leto and Asteria. They
Artemis. The legend
and myth about Coeus, the god of Intelligence,
and the Titans has been passed down
through the ages and plays an important role
in the history of the Ancient World of
Greece and the
study of the Greek classics.
Facts about Coeus
Coeus features in the Creation myth of
the ancient Greeks which are based on the
idea that these supernatural beings
resembled mortals but were of gigantic
proportions and possessed great
magical and mystic powers.
The following information, facts and profile provides a fast
overview of Coeus:
Alternate Names: Koios. He was also known as
Role & Function: The function of Coeus is
described as being the god of Intelligence
Status: A principle god in the first dynasty
Name of Wife / Consort: Phoebe
Name of Father: Uranus
Name of Mother: Gaia
Names of Brothers (Titans): Oceanus,
Hyperion, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus
Names of Sisters (Titanides): Mnemosyne,
Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis
Names of Children: Leto and Asteria
Names of Grandchildren: Apollo and Artemis
The Children of Coeus & Phoebe
The children of Coeus and Phoebe were Leto and Asteria.
Asteria was the goddess of nocturnal oracles
and falling stars. Her union with Perses
the prophetic goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres. Leto was the
prophetic goddess of motherhood and
modesty. Her union with Zeus produced her
twins, Apollo and Artemis, the Letoides.
Coeus was therefore the grandfather of Apollo, the
Olympian god of the and
Olympian goddess of hunting.
Coeus in Greek Mythology
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The Titanomachy in Greek Mythology
Coeus took the side of the Olympians in
the War of the Titans
Coeus and his brothers Crius, Hyperion
and Iapetus were posted at the four
corners of the world where they seized
hold of their father, Uranus the Sky
god, and held him fast, while Cronus,
hidden in the centre, castrated him with
The four brothers represented the points
of connection between sky and earth
where the four compass directions meet.
Coeus was the pillar of the north.
The Titans were associated with the
various planets, he was associated with
the planet Mercury for wisdom
He was sometimes described as a leader
of the Gigantes and played this role in
the Battle of the Giants called the
Gigantomachy. The Gigantes were a tribe
of 100 giants who were the offspring of
After the Titan War all the Titan
brothers were banished into Tartarus by
Zeus but Coeus was released and fled to
the north from Zeus, and was regarded as
the north star Polaris
His name means "query" or "questioning"
The Imprisonment of Coeus and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth
Uranus, the father of Coeus and the other
Titans, was terrified of the massive size
and strength of his gigantic children and to
prevent them rebelling against him, Uranus
seized them immediately after their birth
and hurled them down into a dark abyss
called Tartarus, where he kept his Titan
children in chains.
Their mother, Gaia, helped them to escape
and, led by Cronus, they overthrew their
father and took power as the Titan gods.
Cronus was no better than his father which
led to the War of the Titans.
Battle of the Titans, called the Titanomachy,
was a 10 year war and power struggle
that was fought between the Titans and the
gods and goddesses who would become known as
the Olympians. In ancient Greek mythology
Mount Othrys was the base of the Titans during the Battle of the Titans and Mount Olympus
was the base of the Olympian gods and
goddesses led by Zeus. Mnemosyne, Themis,
Coeus, and Hyperion choose to join the
Olympians. The male Titans were eventually
all deposed by Zeus and cast into the pit of