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
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
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
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
were reputed to be the essence of
beauty, charm, and grace.
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
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
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
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
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
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