Who was Phoebe?
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 Uranus. Phoebe married Coeus, who was also her brother. Their children were Leto and Asteria. They were the 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 produced Hecate, the goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres. Leto was the goddess of motherhood and modesty. Her union with Zeus produced her twins, Apollo and Artemis, the Letoides. Phoebe was therefore the grandmother of Apollo, the Olympian god of the and Artemis, the Olympian goddess of hunting.
Facts about 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
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, Oceanus, and Hyperion choose to join the Olympians.