Figure and Motion: Journal #9

For my creation story, I will be telling about the war between the Olympians and the Titans from Greek Mythology.

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Olympians vs. Titans

Kronos, one of the twelve titans, believed that one of his children was destined to take the throne from him. In a fear-induced rage, Kronos had swallowed all of his children that his sister, Rhea, bore except for one, Zeus. By wrapping a stone in cloth in convincing Kronos it was Zeus, she successfully kept Zeus a secret from Kronos.

When Zeus was grown, he and Gaia conspired to concoct a potion that would cause Kronos to spit up Zeus’ five siblings, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, and Hera. The five siblings showed their gratitude by believing that Zeus should become the leader of the Olympians.

Cronos feared the rising potential that Zeus showed. He tried rallying his brothers and sisters together to defeat the Olympians. He could not get his sisters to join him in the fight. Two other Titans, Prometheus and Epimetheus, joined Zeus in the effort stop Kronos and the Titans who joined him. The Titans who sided with Kronos chose Atlas as their leader.

For a decade, the Titans and the Olympians fought with neither side gaining the upper hand. Gaia suggested that Zeus free the Cyclopes and the hundred-headed Giants from the underworld and persuade them to join his effort against the Titans. In return for their freedom, the Cyclopes and the Giants allied themselves with Zeus, giving the Olympians a huge advantage.

The Cyclopes gave Zeus the power of thunder and lightning. Then, they the helm of darkness to Hades. And lastly, they gave Poseidon a trident. Hades used the helm of darkness to steal Kronos’ weapon from him while Poseidon attacked him with the trident. This allowed Zeus to deliver the deciding blow with lightning, granting him victory in the war against the Titans.

 

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