Research Paper Titanomachy

Best Essays
Research paper “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” Throughout the history of time there have been many great and powerful nations. Religion has always had a powerful effect on nations, even more so than the military or the political system in which the civilization confides in. In ancient Greek society, their higher deities were constantly being thought of and implicated in their society. Although they had many gods, the titans are a classification that they had believed to create the universe and all its correspondings. (Plato) In total there were twelve titans that…show more content…
Krios, Koios, Hyperion and Iapetos were posted at the four corners of the world where they seized hold of the Sky-god and held him fast, while Kronos, hidden in the centre, castrated him with a sickle. In this myth, Iapetos and the three brothers represent the four cosmic pillars which appear in Near-Eastern cosmogonies holding heaven and earth apart. Iapetos himself was no doubt the pillar of the west, a position which was later and more obviously held by his son Atlas. Iapetos "the piercer" may also have been regarded as the Titan god of the mortal life-span. Indeed, his sons Prometheus and Epimetheus were represented as the creators of mankind and other mortal creatures.
Iapetos may have been the Titan god who presided over the mortal life-span who assigned mortal creatures their finite lot. Like his brother Titanes, he was a god of time, one of the sons of Ouranos, the great dome of heaven which measured all of time. Iapetos, as one of the more destructive Titanes, is described by Homer seated beside Kronos (all-devouring time) in the depths of the Tartarean pit. Iapetos and his bride Klymene might have been conceived with a variety of functions. Firstly, as the god of mortality, Iapetos is "the piercer,” the god of violent death. His wife Klymene, in this sense, would naturally be a chthonian (or netherworld) goddess, and indeed, the
Get Access