Phoebe was the Titan goddess of the Moon and one of the
extraordinary number of gods and goddesses
worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The female
Titans were called the Titanides. 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 Phoebe were
a race of powerful, giant gods from the
union of the primordial deities Gaia and
Coeus, who was also her brother.
Their children were Leto and Asteria. They
grandparents of Apollo and Artemis. The legend
and myth about Phoebe, the Titan goddess of
the Moon 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 Phoebe
Phoebe 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.
Alternate Names: Phoibe
Role & Function: The function of Phoebe is
described as being the goddess of the Moon
Status: A principle goddess in the first
dynasty of Titans
Name of Husband / Consort: Coeus
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, Rhea and Themis
Names of Children: Leto and Asteria
Names of Grandchildren: Apollo and Artemis
The Children of Phoebe & Coeus
The children of Phoebe and Coeus were Leto and Asteria.
Asteria was the goddess of nocturnal oracles
and falling stars. Her union with Perses
the goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres.
Leto was the goddess of motherhood and
modesty. Her union with Zeus produced her
Apollo and Artemis, the Letoides.
Phoebe was therefore the grandmother of Apollo, the
Olympian god of the and
Olympian goddess of hunting.
Phoebe in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts
about Phoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon.
Phoebe took the side of the Titans in
the War of the Titans
The Titans were associated with the
various planets, Phoebe was associated
with one of the named moons, or natural
satellites, of Saturn, the 6th planet
from the sun
Through Leto she was the grandmother of
Apollo and Artemis
She possessed the gift of prophecy
Her Roman counterpart was Dione
The female Titans were called Titanides
The Imprisonment of Phoebe and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth
Uranus, the father of Phoebe 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,
Oceanus, and Hyperion choose to join the