Metis was one of the elder Oceanids and the Titan goddess of good counsel, planning, cunning and wisdom.

Residence: Stomach of Zeus
Parents: Oceanus and Tethys
Siblings: The Oceanids and the Potamoi
Consort: Zeus
Children: Athena

Metis under Zeus’ throne. (c) Jastrow

She was a counsellor of Zeus during the Titanomachy and hatched the plan through which Cronus was forced to regurgitate his devoured children. In an odd reversal of fortune, Zeus swallowed Metis whole when a prophecy was revealed that she was destined to bear a son greater than his father. Metis afterwards bore a daughter, Athena, within the very belly of the god and equipped her with arms and armour before she was re-birthed from the god’s head.

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