"Mother of The Gods"

Key Points

Daughter of Ouranos and Gaia.
Known as Mother of the Gods
Mother to Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus.
Married to Cronus.
Ruled the Golden Age.
Saved Zeus.


Rhea was formally known as "the mother of gods." In classical Greek mythology Rhea was the daughter of Ouranos, the sky, and Gaia, the earth. Later she was seen by Classical Greeks as the mother of the Olympian gods and goddesses, even though she never permanently dwelled with them on mount Olympus. In art Rhea is most commonly seated in a throne with a lion, or in a chariot guarded by two lions.

A common picture of Rhea seated in a throne guarded by two lions.

Our second largest planet Saturn is named after Rhea.

Rhea's Life

Rhea was wife to Cronus whom was the leader of the first generation of titians, and was ruler of the golden age. Rhea was mother to Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus. Cronus was not only Rhea's husband, but he was also her brother. Cronus castrated his and Rhea's father. After this he and Rhea took over as king and queen of the gods. The time period in which they ruled was known as the Golden Age. Cronus and Rhea had several children together. As soon as the children were born however Cronus would swallow them in fear of his destiny of becoming overthrown by one of his children as he had done to his father. Rhea managed to save one of her children, Zeus. She saved him by hiding him in the Dictean Cave as soon as he was born and gave Cronus a stone wrapped in the clothes of her child. Cronus fell for the trick, and ate the stone thinking it was Zeus. Rhea had succeeded in saving only one of her kids, but had also made Cronus believe he had killed all of his children. When Zeus reached the right age he overpowered and dethroned his father, and made Cronus disgorge his siblings.

Rhea's Family Tree


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This page was created by Scott Klein.