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Athena's Family Tree
Transcript of Athena's Family Tree
Dark, silent abyss from which all things came into existence.
Heaven and Earth
Heaven was known as Uranus, and Earth known as Gaea.
The Titans are the elder gods who were the first race.
Cronus and Rhea
Cronus and Rhea were members of the 12 Titans, and are part of the elder god race. Both were the grandparents of the goddess Athena.
Zeus was Athena's father, but he had many children with other women.
The birth of Athena
Zeus was once married to Metis, a daughter of the ocean who was known for her wisdom, who became pregant. Zeus was warned by Earth that a son born from Metis would overthrow him, so Zeus swallowed Metis.
Athena was known as a virgin goddess, but Hephaestus, Athena's half-brother, tried to rape her, but failed and got his seed on her leg. Disgusted, wiped it off onto the ground, where her son Erecthonius was born.
Chaos was the formless matter from which the harmonious order was created.
Created Heaven (Uranus) and Earth (Gaea).
Gaea known as Mother Earth, was the wife of Father Heaven, known as Uranus.
Parents of the first creatures and race, the Titans.
There were 12 total, 6 men and 6 women. All were enormous in size and strength.
Out of the 12 Titans, the start of Athena's family tree comes from her grandfather Cronus, and grandmother, Rhea.
Cronus and Rhea were the mother and father of Hades, Poseidon, Hestia, Demeter, Zeus and Hera.
Poseidon was Athena's uncle, Demeter her aunt, Hades her uncle, and Hestia her aunt.
Zeus was the father of Athena and Metis was her mother. Zeus was married to Hera though, so Hera is her stepmother and aunt.
These children are known as Apollo, Athena's half brother, Artemis, half-sister, Hermes, half-brother.
Hera gave birth to a son not from Zeus, known as Hephaestus, Athena's half-brother.
Zeus was overcome with a splitting headache and summoned help from the craftsman god, Hephaestus, who split open Zeus's head, which Athena sprang forth with full armor.