Metis was one of the Titans, a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys; therefore, she was considered an Oceanid.

Metis and Zeus

She was the first wife of Zeus, and became the goddess of wisdom, prudence and deep thought. According to a prophecy, Metis would bear two children, the first being Athena, while the second one, a son, would be so powerful that would overthrow Zeus. Zeus, afraid of this, tricked Metis into turning herself into a fly, and swallowed her.

The Birth of Athena

However, Metis was already pregnant to Athena, and, inside Zeus' stomach, she started creating a helmet for her daughter. Zeus was in such pain that he asked Hephaestus to hit his head with an axe; as soon as his head was opened, Athena jumped out fully grown and clad in armour.

Athena's Mother

It is often said that Athena had no mother and she was born out of Zeus alone; this doesn't necessarily conflict with this account, as the ancient Greeks believed that children were descendants of the fathers, while mothers did not contribute to the creation of their children.

See Also: Titans, Oceanus, Tethys, Zeus, Athena

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Who was Metis?

Metis was one of the Titans, a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. therefore, she was considered an Oceanid.

Who were the parents of Metis?

The parents of Metis were Oceanus and Tethys.

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