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Encyclopedia > Theia
For other uses, see Theia (disambiguation).
Greek deities
series
Primordial deities
Olympians
Aquatic deities
Chthonic deities
Personified concepts
Other deities
Titans
The Twelve Titans:
Oceanus and Tethys,
Hyperion and Theia,
Coeus and Phoebe,
Rhea, Mnemosyne,
Metis, Themis,
Crius, Iapetus
Sons of Iapetus:
Atlas, Prometheus,
Epimetheus, Menoetius

In Greek mythology, Theia (also written Thea or Thia), also called Euryphaessa ("wide-shining"), was a Titan. With her brother and husband Hyperion, she was the mother of Helios (the Sun), Selene (the Moon) and Eos (the Dawn). The name Theia alone, means simply "goddess," Theia Euryphaessa with overtones of brightness.


Pindar praises Theia in his 5th Isthmian ode:

"Mother of the Sun, Theia of many names, for your sake men honor gold as more powerful than anything else; and through the value you bestow on them, o queen, ships contending on the sea and yoked teams of horses in swift-whirling contests become marvels".

She seems here a goddess of glittering in particular and of glory in general, but Pindar's allusion to her as "Theia of many names" is telling, since it suggests assimilation not only to similar mother-of-the-sun goddess like Phoebe and Leto, but perhaps also to more universalizing mother-figures like Rhea and Cybele.


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THEA : Greek Titan goddess of heavenly light ; mythology : THEIA, AITHRA (664 words)
THEIA was the Titan goddess of sight (thea) and shining light of the clear blue sky (aithre).
Theia was married to Hyperion, the Titan-god of light, and bore him three bright children Helios (the Sun), Eos (the Dawn), and Selene (the Moon).
Theia was the goddess of sight (thea) and shining light of the clear blue sky (aithre).
HYPERION : Greek Titan god of light ; mythology (1253 words)
HYPERION was the Titan god of light, one of the sons of Ouranos (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth), and the father of the lights of heaven--Eos the Dawn, Helios the Sun, and Selene the Moon.
His wife was Theia, lady of the aither--the shining blue of the sky.
HYPERI′ON (Huperiôn), a Titan, a son of Uranus and Ge, and married to his sister Theia, or Euryphaessa, by whom he became the father of Helios, Selene, and Eos.
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