Greek Titan


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.

By Avi Kapach1 min read • Last updated on Apr. 22nd, 2022
  • 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.

  • 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.


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


  • English


    Πέρσης (translit. Pérsēs)

  • Phonetic


    /ˈpɜr siz/


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


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


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.

#Further Reading

#Primary Sources


  • Hesiod (eighth/seventh century BCE): Perses’ genealogy is outlined in Hesiod’s Theogony.

  • Apollodorus (first century BCE or first few centuries CE): Perses’ genealogy and mythology are summarized in the Library.


  • Hyginus (first century CE or later): The Fabulae, a Latin mythological handbook, mentions Perses and his genealogy.

#Secondary Sources

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