Who was Crius?
Crius was the Titan god of the constellations 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 Crius were a race of powerful, giant gods from the union of the primordial deities Gaia and Uranus. The consort of Crius was Eurybia, daughter of Gaia and Pontus. His children were Astraeus, Pallas and Perses. The legend and myth about Crius, the god of the constellations, 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 Crius
Crius 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 Crius:
Alternate Names: Krios
Role & Function: The function of Crius is described as being the Titan god of the constellations
Status: A principle god in the first dynasty of Titans
Name of Wife / Consort: Eurybia and also Asteria
Name of Father: Uranus
Name of Mother: Gaia
Names of Brothers (Titans): Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus
Names of Sisters (Titanides): Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis
Names of Children: Astraeus, Pallas and Perses by Eurybia and Hecate by Asteria
The Children of Crius & Eurybia
The children of Crius and Eurybia were Astraeus, Pallas and Perses. Astraeus was an astrological deity and the Titan god of the dusk. Pallas was the Titan god of warcraft, he was married to Styx, by whom he became the father of Zelus, Nike, Cratus, and Bia. Perses was the Titan god of destruction. He was the father of Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft and ghosts, by the goddess Asteria.
Facts about Crius in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Crius, the Titan god of the constellations.
Crius took the side of the Olympians in the War of the Titans
Crius and his brothers, Hyperion, Coeus 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 a sickle
The four brothers represented the points of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. Crius was the pillar of the south.
As the primordial god of the constellations he was in charge of ordering the measures of the year
At the end of the Titan War he was cast into the pit of Tartarus by Zeus
His consort Asteria who was the Titan goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars
The Titans were associated with the various planets, he was associated with the constellation Aries, the heavenly ram (which the Greeks called Crius)
He was often depicted with ram-like features such as curled horns
The Imprisonment of Crius and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth Uranus, the father of Crius 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.
The Titanomachy in Greek Mythology
The 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, Crius, and Hyperion choose to join the Olympians. The male Titans were eventually all deposed by Zeus and cast into the pit of Tartarus.