Solar System Myths and Lore

Stories About Saturn

Rebellious Son

Saturn or, in Greek, Cronus (KRO nuhs), became ruler of the universe when he led a successful rebellion against his father, Uranus (YOOR uh nuhs). Worried that his children with his wife Rhea (REE uh) would turn against him, he began to swallow them as soon as they were born. Rhea and Gaia hid Zeus from Cronus until he was fully-grown. After Cronus was given a poison, he threw up the children who emerged alive. The children waged war with Cronus and the other Titans until a victorious Zeus became the new ruler. Saturn is honored by Saturday. See also Moon Myths.

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