Cronus Picture

Mads Mikkelsen as Cronus

The leader of the Titans, who overthrew his father Uranus only to be overthrown in turn by his son, Zeus.

Cronus was the most manipulative and cunning and tended to have to have a very power hungry nature. But his folly, would only caused his own destruction.

The Titans were the youngest of the three races born to Gaia the Earth and Uranus the Sky, after the Hekatonkheires and the Cyclopes. All were detested by their father, but he both feared and hated the elder children so much that he imprisoned them in the abyss of Tartarus, which was itself deep within the Earth. Enraged, Gaia got pregnant and told her remaining children to avenge their brothers and overthrow their draconian parent. Kronos was the boldest of the siblings and, initially, only he would agree to help his mother. Using a scythe fashioned by Gaia, he used the scythe to castrate Uranus and claimed his supremacy over the universe. During his reign, Cronus would usher in an era of peace and prosperity for the Titans, and took his sister Rhea as his bride and queen. His rule would also see the genesis of mankind and be called their 'Golden Age' as the people of the time had no need for laws or rules; everyone did the right thing, and immorality was absent. However, Cronus abandoned his imprisoned siblings to their fates out of the belief that they would only pose a threat to his authority.

At the height of his power, Cronus was warned by Gaia that he would be supplanted by his own child just as he had usurped his father long before. Determined to avoid this fate, he decided to swallow his children alive so that they could never overthrow him. Rhea pleaded with Cronus to spare their children but with no success. Cronus' wife eventually gave birth to a sixth and, of their union, final child on Mount Ida, and deceived her husband into devouring a stone swaddled in cloths instead, after getting him drunk. This sixth son would be called Zeus.

Cronus had only a single, brief affair with the Oceanid nymph Philyra, which resulted in the birth of Chiron. When Zeus grew to adulthood, he infiltrated his father's palace on Mount Othrys and slipped an emetic into the Titan Lord's drink which forced him to disgorge Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Poseidon, who had been growing undigested in Kronos' stomach, being gods. Kronos' children quickly declared war against him and eventually triumphed in the consequent Titanomachy where his followers were banished and Cronus was dismembered into thousands of pieces by Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades who used the very weapon that Cronus had used to eviscerate Uranus. Different versions of Cronos' punishment exist. Some versions of the story have him ruling over Elysium in the Underworld, while other versions have him trapped deep in the bowels of Tartarus, constantly tortured.


Cruel - Cronus was cruel and cunning, with an insatiable lust for power.

Ruthless - He jealously guarded his dominion as king and he showed his ruthlessness in the pursuit of his ambitions.

Savage - Even worse than his megalomania was his savagery towards anyone he deemed to be a threat, up to and including his own children. Despite this, he does seem to care for his brothers and sisters though his love for Rhea was not enough to overpower his selfish nature.

Manipulative - Cronus was a master manipulator, and did influenced some of the gods through his scheming.

Sacred Symbols and Animals

Scythe - Using a scythe fashioned by Gaia, he used the scythe to castrate Uranus and claimed his supremacy over the universe.

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Greek Mythology Wiki/Cronus
Camp Half blood Wiki/Cronus

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