Greek Titan

Perses

Perses was the son of the Titan Crius and his wife Eurybia and was often numbered among the Titans himself. He married Asteria, another second-generation Titan, with whom he fathered Hecate, a goddess of witchcraft.

Top Questions

  • Was Perses a Titan?

    Perses was not one of the original twelve Titans born to Gaia and Uranus, but he was a child of one of those Titans (Crius) and was thus sometimes called a Titan as well.

  • Who were Perses’ children?

    According to the common tradition, Perses and his wife Asteria had a daughter named Hecate. In other traditions, however, Hecate was the daughter of Zeus rather than Perses.

Overview

Etymology

The name “Perses” (Greek Πέρσης, translit. Pérsēs) may be related to the Greek word πέρθω (pérthō), meaning “destroy” (itself a word of uncertain etymology).

Pronunciation

  • English
    Greek
    PersesΠέρσης (translit. Pérsēs)
  • Phonetic
    IPA
    [PUR-seez]/ˈpɜr siz/

Attributes

The ancients had little to say about Perses or his attributes. However, the poet Hesiod did describe him as “eminent among all men in wisdom.”[1]

Family

Perses was one of the sons of Crius, a Titan, and Eurybia, a daughter of Gaia and Pontus. He had two brothers, Astraeus and Pallas.[2]

Marco Liberi - Jupiter and Asteria

Jupiter and Asteria by Marco Liberi (second half of 17th century). Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

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Perses married Asteria and may have fathered Hecate with her.[3] Some traditions also made Perses the father of Chariclo, one of the wives of the wise centaur Chiron.[4]

Family Tree

Mythology

Perses is a shadowy figure; his role in Greek mythology appears to have been limited to his genealogical function as the husband of Asteria and the (possible) father of Hecate.