Coeus was one of the elder Titans and son of Uranus and Gaia.

Residence: Tartarus
Parents: Uranus and Gaia
Siblings: Crius, Cronus, Cyclops, Furies, Giants, Hecatoncheires, Hyperion, Iapetus, Oceanus, Meliae, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Tethys, Theia and Themis
Consort: Phoebe
Children: Asteria and Leto

He and his brothers conspired against their father, laying an ambush for him as he descended to lie with Gaia. Four of the siblings were posted at the corners of the world, where they seized hold of him and held him fast, while Cronus castrated him with a sickle.

In this myth the brothers apparently personified the great pillars which occur in near-Eastern cosmologies holding heaven and earth apart, or sometimes the whole cosmos aloft. Coeus’ alternate name, Polus (“of the northern pole”), suggests he was the Titan of the pillar of the north. His brothers Hyperion, Iapetus, and Crius, on the other hand, presided over the west, east, and south respectively. Coeus, as god of the axis of heaven around which the constellations revolved, was probably also a god of heavenly oracles, just as his wife Phoebe presided over the oracles of the axis of earth, Delphi, a role inherited by their grandson, Apollo.

The Titans were eventually deposed by Zeus and cast into Tartarus.

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