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Ancient Greek Gods & Goddesses for Kids - Phoebe
The myths and legends surrounding Phoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon

Phoebe for kids
Discover the myths surrounding Phoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon. The Titans were members of a mythological race of giants who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus and the Olympian gods during the battle of the gods called the Titanomachy. Phoebe was the daughter of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Heaven) from the very first dynasty of ancient Greek gods. Additional facts and information about the mythology of individual Greek gods and goddesses can be accessed via the following links:

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Who was Phoebe?
Phoebe was the Titan goddess of the Moon and one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The female Titans were called the Titanides. The Titans were the descendents of the first gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The first 12 Titans, that included Phoebe were a race of powerful, giant gods from the union of the primordial deities Gaia and Uranus. Phoebe married Coeus, who was also her brother. Their children were Leto and Asteria. They were the grandparents of Apollo and Artemis. The legend and myth about Phoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World of Greece and the study of the Greek classics.

Picture of Phoebe

Picture of Phoebe

Facts about Phoebe
Phoebe features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but were of gigantic proportions and possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Phoebe:

Phoebe Profile & Fact File
Name: Phoebe
Alternate Names: Phoibe
Role & Function: The function of Phoebe is described as being the goddess of the Moon
Status: A principle goddess in the first dynasty of Titans
Gender: Female
Name of Husband / Consort: Coeus
Name of Father: Uranus
Name of Mother: Gaia
Names of Brothers (Titans): Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus
Names of Sisters (Titanides): Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Rhea and Themis
Names of Children: Leto and Asteria
Names of Grandchildren: Apollo and Artemis

The Children of Phoebe & Coeus
The children of Phoebe and Coeus were Leto and Asteria. Asteria was the goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars. Her union with Perses produced Hecate, the goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres. Leto was the goddess of motherhood and modesty. Her union with Zeus produced her twins, Apollo and Artemis, the Letoides. Phoebe was therefore the grandmother of Apollo, the Olympian god of the and Artemis, the Olympian goddess of hunting.

Facts about Phoebe in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Phoebe, the Titan goddess of the Moon. The facts about her provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about Phoebe in Greek Mythology, stories and legends.

Mythical Facts about Phoebe
Fact 1: Phoebe took the side of the Titans in the War of the Titans

Fact 2: The Titans were associated with the various planets, Phoebe was associated with one of the named moons, or natural satellites, of Saturn, the 6th planet from the sun

Fact 3: Through Leto she was the grandmother of Apollo and Artemis

Fact 4: She possessed the gift of prophecy

Fact 5: Her Roman counterpart was Dione

Fact 6: The female Titans were called Titanides

The Imprisonment of Phoebe and the Titans
According to the ancient Greek Creation myth Uranus, the father of Phoebe and the other Titans, was terrified of the massive size and strength of his gigantic children and to prevent them rebelling against him, Uranus seized them immediately after their birth and hurled them down into a dark abyss called Tartarus, where he kept his Titan children in chains.

The giant race of Titans

The race of giant Titans, imprisoned by their father Uranus

Their mother, Gaia, helped them to escape and, led by Cronus, they overthrew their father and took power as the Titan gods. Cronus was no better than his father which led to the War of the Titans.

The Titanomachy in Greek Mythology
The Battle of the Titans, called the Titanomachy, was a 10 year war and power struggle that was fought between the Titans and the gods and goddesses who would become known as the Olympians. In ancient Greek mythology Mount Othrys was the base of the Titans during the Battle of the Titans and Mount Olympus was the base of the Olympian gods and goddesses led by Zeus. Mnemosyne, Themis, Oceanus, and Hyperion choose to join the Olympians.

The Family of Phoebe - The Titans Family Tree and Genealogy

Titans Family Tree and Genealogy

Phoebe - The Titan Gods Family Tree
The family members and genealogy of Phoebe can be established via the Titan gods family tree, providing an instant overview of the relationships between the major Titan gods and goddesses and their children. The Titans Family Tree is a 'who's who' of the family connections, genealogy and relationships between the main characters who feature in the mythology of the Titans.

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