Gaia (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Greek mythology, the goddess Gaia represented the earth. Also called Gaea or Ge by the Greeks and Terra or Tellus by the Romans, she was a maternal figure who gave birth to many other creatures and Gaia was the child of Chaos, an early deity who produced the gods of the underworld,land of the dead night, darkness, and love. Gaia gave birth to Uranus, who represented the sky; Pontus, the sea; and Oure, the mountains.
Gaia had numerous other children who appear in a variety of myths. She mated with her son Uranus to create gods, including the and giants such as the Cyclopes. She was also the mother of AphroditeGreek goddess of love and beauty (identified with the Roman goddess Venus), Echo, the Furies, and the serpent that guarded the Golden Fleece. When Gaia's son, the Titan , had children, Gaia and Uranus warned him that one of his offspring would challenge and defeat him. Cronus therefore swallowed each child at birth. However, his wife, Rhea, managed to trick him and save the youngest one, Zeusin Greek mythology, king of the gods and husband of Hera (Roman god Jupiter).
Gaia is mentioned in Virgil's and the Theogonyepic written by the Greek poet Hesiod explaining the creation of the world and the birth of the gods by...
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