In Greekmythology the offspring of Uranus and Gaia, of enormous size and strength and typical of lawlessness and the power of force.
The Titans are usually listed as twelve (though Hesiod lists thirteen and Homer speaks of only two): six male (Coeus, Crius, Hyperion, Iapetus, Cronus and Oceanus) and six female (Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Tethys, Thea and Themis). The number is variously given by other writers, and their offspring were also called Titans, such as Atlas and Prometheus (sons of Iapetus and the ocean nymph Clymene), which makes an accurate count even harder.
Incited by their mother, they overthrew Uranus and castrated him and set up Cronus as king. Cronus was in turn overthrown by his son Zeus. After the long struggle that some of the Titans carried on against Zeus, they were finally hurled down into Tartarus.
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