Who was Hyperion?
Hyperion was the Titan lord of light 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 Hyperion were a race of powerful, giant gods from the union of the primordial deities Gaia and Uranus. Hyperion was the Titan of the east. He married Theia, his wife and sister. Their children were Helios, Eos and Selene. Meaning of his name "he who goes before the sun.". The legend and myth about Hyperion, the lord of light, 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 Hyperion
Hyperion 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.
Role & Function: The function of Hyperion is described as being the lord of light
Status: A principle god in the first dynasty of Titans
Name of Wife / Consort: Theia
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: Helios, Eos and Selene
The Children of Hyperion and Theia
The children of Hyperion and Theia were Helios, Eos and Selene. Eos was the goddess of the dawn. Selene was the Titan goddess of the moon and Helios was the Titan god of the sun who was the father of the Three Graces (aka Charities) were reputed to be the essence of beauty, charm, and grace.
Facts about Hyperion in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Hyperion, the Titan lord of light.
Hyperion took the side of the Olympians in the War of the Titans
Hyperion and his brothers Crius, 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. Hyperion was the pillar of the east.
His name mean "he who watches from above"
His planet associated is with the sun
In ancient Greek mythology his children, Helios who was the god of the Sun, Eos who was the goddess of Dawn and Selene who the goddess of the Moon all represented light
At the end of the Titan War he was cast into the pit of Tartarus by Zeus
In the 2011 movie called the Immortals, a mortal called Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) seeks to overthrow the Olympians by freeing the Titans imprisoned in Tartarus
The Imprisonment of Hyperion and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth Uranus, the father of Hyperion 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.