Cronos disgorging Zeus’ siblings

Zeus' siblings

Cronos disgorging Zeus’ siblings

In Greek mythology, the story of Cronos disgorging Zeus’ siblings refers to a tale of the Titan Cronos (also spelled Kronos), who was the father of the gods and goddesses.

According to the myth, Cronos had been warned by his parents, Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (also spelled Ouranos), that one of his own children would eventually overthrow him and take his place as the ruler of the universe. In order to prevent this from happening, Cronos swallowed each of his children as soon as they were born.

However, when Zeus was born, his mother the Greek Titaness Rhea tricked Cronos by giving him a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes instead, which he swallowed instead of the infant Zeus. Zeus was then hidden away and raised in secret by Rhea.

As Zeus grew up, he plotted to overthrow his father and free his siblings from his stomach. With the help of the goddess Metis, Zeus gave Cronos a potion that caused him to vomit up all of his swallowed children, who emerged unharmed and fully grown from his belly.

Zeus’ siblings who were disgorged from Cronos’ stomach included Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. They joined forces with Zeus to overthrow their father and become the new rulers of the universe.

The story of Cronos disgorging Zeus’ siblings is often depicted in art and literature, and it is a popular subject for study and interpretation among scholars of Greek mythology.