Crios, also know as Crius or Krios, was one of the elder Titans and the God of the constellations.
Him and his brothers plotted against their father, Uranus, who wanted to sleep with Gaia, or Earth. In the mythological story, Crios and his other three brothers hid at the four corners that divided the heavens from the Earth. They were able to hid here because they each supported a pillar that divided the heavens and the Earth. Crios held up the southern pillar. When Uranus descended toward the Earth, they ambushed him and castrated him.
The brothers overthrew their father and created the Titans, of which Crios belonged to.
The leader of the Titans was Crios’ brother, Cronos, who tried to kill his son, Zeus.
Zeus escaped and was angry with the Titans because of this. Therefore, Zeus returned and fought with the Titans in a long war, eventually overthrowing them and sending them into Tartarus, a big pit in the underworld. Crios was banished to the underworld and became one of the bearers of the cosmos. Crios was supposed to stay in the pit of Tartarus for eternity; however, Zeus felt bad for Crios and the other Titans and let them free from the pit.
Due to being sent into the pit of Tartarus, Crios became the God of the constellations. He is actually seen as being goat or ram-like because he is the constellation Aries, which is in the shape of a ram, and he has curled horns on his head.
The reason he is seen as Aries is because when he attacked his father, Uranus, he was at the South corner. Aries is a southern constellation which represents the beginning of spring and happens to be shaped like a goat.
The Family of Crios
Crios’ parents are Uranus (God of the sky) and Gaia (goddess of the Earth). His brothers were Oceanus, Cronus, and Hyperion while his sisters were Tethys and Theia. Crios married his half-sister Eurybia (daughter of Gaia and Pontus) and had three children, Astraeus (God of the stars and of the dusk), Pallas (God of warcraft), and Perses (God of destruction).
Fun Facts About Crios
- Crios has a ram head and horns
- Little is known about Crios other than his part in ambushing and defeating his father, Uranus
- He is most notably recognized due to his decision to side with the Titans in the war between the Titans and Olympians
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