Who was Perses?
Perses was the second generation of Titan gods and was worshipped as the god of destruction. He was 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 children of the Titans included the famous Olympian gods who included Zeus, Hera, Hestia, Hades and Poseidon and are shown on the Titans Family tree. The legend and myth about Perses, the god of destruction, 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 Perses
Perses features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but possessed great magical and mystic powers.
Role & Function: The function of Perses is described as being the god of destruction
Status: A god in the second dynasty of Titans
Alternative Names: N/A
Name of Wife: Asteria, the dark Titan goddess of necromancy, nocturnal oracles, prophecies and the goddess of the falling stars
Name of Father: Crius
Name of Mother: Eurybia
Names of Brothers: Astraeus and Pallas
Names of Sisters: None
Names of Children: Hecate
The Children of Perses and Asteria the Titan goddess of Necromancy
The wife of Perses was Asteria the dark goddess of necromancy, the practice of witchcraft by communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future. It is therefore not surprising that their union produced Hecate, the goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres, the night and the moon and the the ‘Queen of Ghosts’. The domains of Hecate extended over earth, the sky and hell and for this she is represented in works of art as a triple divinity.