Parents: Uranus and Gaia
Siblings: Coeus, Cronus, Cyclops, Furies, Giants, Hecatoncheires, Hyperion, Iapetus, Oceanus, Meliae, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Tethys, Theia and Themis
Children: Astraeus, Pallas and Perses
Led by Cronus, the brothers conspired against their father and prepared an ambush as he descended to lie with Gaia. Crius, Coeus, Hyperion and Iapetus were posted at the four corners of the world, where they seized hold of the sky-god and held him firm, while Cronus, hidden in the centre, castrated him with a sickle.
In this myth the four brothers probably represent the four cosmic pillars separating heaven and earth which are described in near-Eastern cosmogonies. Crius was likely the southern pillar, while his brothers Coeus, Iapetus, and Hyperion were the pillars of the north, east and west respectively. Crius’ connection with the south is found both in his name and family connections: he is “the Ram,” the constellation Aries, whose springtime rising in the south marked the start of the Greek year; his eldest son is Astraeus, god of the stars; and his wife is Eurybia, a daughter of the sea.