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What is the difference between a God and a Titan?

A 'god' is synonymous to a 'deity'; the Titans and Titanesses were gods, they were members of the second order of divine beings - after Gaia and Uranus, and the other primordial deities. Cronus and ...
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What is the difference between a God and a Titan?

The Greek Gods have their own hierarchy/timeline going on. First were the primordial deities, the first beings in existence, which included Uranus and Gaia. Then, descended from the primordial ...
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Who worshipped the Titans?

According to Hesiod, by the time the Olympians came to power, Golden man had vanished. Hugh G. Evelyn-White's translation of Works and Days (from ellopos.net) describes them as (ll. 109-120) First ...
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How did Cronos lose if he was god of time?

OK, so there are a couple of misconceptions here. First, as Codosaur has already pointed out, Cronus and Chronos aren't necessarily the same being -- they just have similar names. On the other hand, ...
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Is Chronos Kronos?

First of all, never get your mythology from Youtube comments. Second, the second comment is the accurate one. Χ in Greek is transliterated as ch, and that's where we get our time words from (as they ...
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Why didn’t Zeus withhold fire from humans the second time?

You can't just take it back after humans have it, unless you destroy all the humans. Zeus, of course, considered this option on a few occasions, such as after his deeply disturbing run in with Lycaon,...
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Who worshipped the Titans?

There used to be a theory that the Titans were actually the gods of the inhabitants of (geographical) Greece before the Greeks invaded and took it over. The idea there is that the story of Titanomachy ...
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What is the difference between a God and a Titan?

The word "Titan" is used to denote a class of mythological entities that existed before "Gods" were born and Titans are usually used to describe the creation of the world. All titans were born from ...
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What happened to Prometheus after Hercules freed him?

You are referring to the Aeschylus fragment "Prometheus Unbound". Unfortunately this play was mostly lost. (The source text can be found here: "The Prometheus bound of Aeschylus and the fragments ...
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Who held the celestial sphere before Atlas?

The following text is from the wiki: Atlas and his brother Menoetius sided with the Titans in their war against the Olympians, the Titanomachy. When the Titans were defeated, many of them (...
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Who held the celestial sphere before Atlas?

According to the Theoi Project, Hyperion, Krios, Koios and Iapetos--were posted at the four corners of the earth to hold Sky fast, even though that was only for the murdering of their father, ...
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Who worshipped the Titans?

If we only consider humans cultures, there is not really any human culture before the gods of Olympus came to power. Prometheus is the one that created humankind and then gave them fire (which ...
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Titans as four corners of the Earth?

I gave an answer on this subject; They held the corners of the earth originally, before Atlas did. There are no primary sources from Theoi about his subject, which means, that, there are none. They ...
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Is Typhon a Gigante or god?

One might say that he is both, depending on a few different factors in question. Classification Issues In Greco-Roman mythology the "gods" are not a special category in the same sense that ...
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Is Phoebus an alternate name for Apollo or is a description of Apollo?

It is used in both these ways. Among the Ancient Greeks and Romans, just as in almost any other culture or language in the world, especially in the neighbourhood of the Mediterranean Basin, if a ...
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How could Heracles ensure the victory of the Olympians against the Titans if he was born mortal?

BRIEF Herakles [Heracles] never engaged in combat against any Titan, neither before nor after his deification (his becoming a god). The Olympians participated in two cosmic conflicts: Titanomakhia, ...
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Who were the beings that the Titans overthrew to gain power on Olympus?

The Titans overthrew the primordials, the first beings that came into existence. More specifically, according to Hesiod the Titans, lead by Cronos, castrated Uranus (personification of the sky) at the ...
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What Phoenician story could be the inspiration of the cosmic story of five Titanes?

As far as I can tell, the modern-day theory for the connection between Phoenician gods and the Greek Titans coms from Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, written in 1882 by Ignatius Donnelly. Donnelly ...
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How could Heracles ensure the victory of the Olympians against the Titans if he was born mortal?

I apologize for the length of this answer, per the background--the two wars are indeed distinct, as Yannis points out. Your point about temporal contradiction is valid, (and in my experience, time can ...
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Why does Atlas care about the golden apples?

It's not uncommon for Greek myths to have several variations, and it's not always possible to reconcile different versions of a myth. The Atlas and Perseus story is a late variation of the myth of ...
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How did Cronos lose if he was god of time?

Chronos and Cronus have often been confused in Greek Mythology. The first is the personification of time in pre-Socratic philosophy and later literature. The second is the Titan deity who was defeated ...
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Is Chiron older or younger than the Olympians?

Younger, but not by much. Chiron was conceived when Zeus was still a baby, and while Cronus was hunting his youngest son by Rhea. Cronus and Rhea were still living together as husband and wife ...
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In the battle between the Olympians and the Titans, how could any of them defeat the other one?

Well, they were forced into Tartarus. And amongst the foremost Kottos (Cottus) and Briareos (Briareus) and Gyes insatiate for war raised fierce fighting : three hundred rocks, one upon another, they ...
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How were children of Oceanus king and queen?

The story of Ophion being the first ruler of heaven is part of the Orphic tradition. Orphism stories may not always be 100% compatible with the more well known stories of Hesiod's theogony. In any ...
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When and how did gigantic size become an attribute of the Titans?

Part of the confusion may derive from the "fuzziness" subject. Time is not strictly rational in the Greek myths, so why should proportion be firmly fixed? More confusion may be injected in ...
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When and how did gigantic size become an attribute of the Titans?

The Titanes and the Gigantes seem to have become one in people's minds over time, perhaps because both of them fought the Olympians. While 6th century BCE writers like Homer and Hesiod don't ...
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What does Rome, Conquerors & Titans have in common?

Heracles supposedly conquered Rome and freed a Titan. Hesiod's Theogony and Aeschylus' Prometheus Unbound both tell that Heracles shot and killed the eagle that tortured Prometheus (which was his ...
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Do we know of any battles or other specific events that happened during the Titanomachy?

ACTION SCENES We have several details connected with the part of the chronology in question, but as far as I've been able to find, beyond plain statements about there having been a cosmic conflict, ...
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Who held the celestial sphere before Atlas?

Before Atlas held up the sky Ouranos was still alive so basically he kept the sky from falling. But after Kronos over through, him Hyperion, Krios, Koios and Iapetos held up the sky from the 4 corners ...
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Symbolism of Titans and Gods

A simple way to look at it is Titan are often associate with natural forces and phenomena, such as Eos, "Dawn". The wiki for Eos may be confusing—there she is listed both as titan and god, ...
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