Rhea Picture

this is my entry for Mollinda's myths and legends contest. [link]
My illustration shows Rhea, the Titaness mother of the Olympians; holding her youngest child, Zeus.
The Overthrow of Kronos/Cronus:
Kronos sired several children by Rhea: Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, but swallowed them all as soon as they were born, since he had learned from Gaia and Uranus that he was destined to be overcome by his own child as he had overthrown his own father. When Zeus was about to be born, however, Rhea sought Uranus and Gaia to devise a plan to save him, so that Kronos would get his retribution for his acts against Ouranos and his own children. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Kronos a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he promptly swallowed. He was raised by a nymph named Adamanthea, who fed him goat milk. Since Kronos ruled over the earth, the heavens, and the sea and swallowed all of the children of Rhea, Adamanthea hid him by dangling him on a rope from a tree so he was suspended between earth, sea, and sky and thus, invisible to his father. Zeus then forced Kronos/Cronus to disgorge his siblings in reverse order of consumption. The Titan Prometheus foresaw that Zeus too would have a child greater than he; Zeus chose to swallow his current wife Metis. The unborn foetus grew inside his head and the goddess Athena was born. However, Athena did not wish to overthrow her father, and stood by him on the field of war.
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