The youngest of the
Titans, his name meant time. Kronos became king of the gods after he castrated
his father, Oranos, with the help of his mother, Gaia, who wished to free her
children whom Oranos had imprisoned. Kronos ruled over a time of prosperity
known as the Golden Age.
Kronos and his
wife/sister Rheia produced six children, including Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.
Fearing a revolt similar to his own, Kronos attempted to swallow all of his
children at their birth, but Zeus avoided that fate and ultimately freed his
siblings and banished the Titans to Tartarus.